The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – A lawyer for former Olympics CEO John Furlong has asked a B.C. Supreme Court judge to dismiss a sexual abuse lawsuit against his client and award special costs.
Bill Smart, who says the claimant made up a series of lies in filing the suit, outlined counter allegations on the first day of the trial, which began without the man appearing in court.
Furlong has vehemently denied the claims related to when he was a teacher at a Roman Catholic school in northern B.C., starting in the late 1960s.
On Friday, a judge ruled against allowing the Prince Rupert, resident from participating in the trial by telephone after he hung up during a pre-trial conference.
Last month, a judge threw out a separate sexual abuse claim against Furlong by Grace West after Beverly Abraham dropped her lawsuit in December.
The three cases involving allegations against Furlong surfaced in 2012 after a Vancouver-based weekly newspaper published an article saying Furlong abused students at the school.