The man who organized the 2010 Olympics will face more tough questions Tuesday at the Vancouver trial in which he’s accused of defamation.
John Furlong is now under cross examination by a lawyer for the author of a 2012 article accusing him of abusing First Nations students in Burns Lake more than 45 years ago.
He’s repeatedly said all the claims made by Laura Robinson are false.
When asked why he didn’t sue other media outlets which published unproven claims of sexual abuse later abandoned by alleged victim Beverly Abraham.
Furlong says he sued Robinson because, ‘She’s responsible for all of it.’
He dropped his legal action earlier this year after cases filed by three alleged victims of sexual abuse were either dismissed or abandoned.
John Furlong says he abandoned legal action earlier this year because it was clear he’d been vindicated and he wanted to put this all behind him.
Robinson’s lawyer suggested it was because he didn’t want all the people accusing him of being a child abuser to testify.
Furlong says it was clear he’d been vindicated and he wanted to put this all behind him.
Robinson is still suing him amid claims he falsely accused her of being more of an ‘activist’ than a journalist.
Furlong also talked at length about how much he’s suffered since the 2012 article was published, including the loss of his wife Deborah in a car crash a few months later.
Before his cross-examination started Monday afternoon, Furlong made a brief comment outside the courthouse.
“Obviously, it’s a very difficult day here, but I am pleased I’ve had the opportunity to speak to the court and give my account of everything that’s taken place.”
Earlier, Furlong told his own lawyer he believes Robinson’s actions ‘cost’ him his wife.
He said intense media scrutiny forced the couple to flee to Ireland and a car crash in April of 2013 killed Deborah Sharp Furlong…. only 299 days after she married him.
Furlong talked about wishing she was still alive to hear his testimony today.
“As I was sitting there, I was just wishing that, you know, Deborah would have been here to see this and hear it through and feel… I hope she feels some pride in what’s happening and that we’re finally getting an opportunity to say what we’ve wanted to say for a very long time.”
Robinson’s lawyer, Bryan Baynham, says that has nothing to do with this lawsuit.
Furlong’s cross-examination resumes at 10am Tuesday.