Jian Ghomeshi trial: Lucy DeCoutere wrote accused that she wanted to have sex with him after alleged assault

Jian Ghomeshi trial: Lucy DeCoutere wrote accused that she wanted to have sex with him after alleged assault

‘I am sad we didn’t spend the night together’, DeCoutere wrote Ghomeshi

By Mark Gollom, CBC News Posted: Feb 05, 2016 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 05, 2016 8:57 PM ET

Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse after the fourth day of his sexual assault trial wrapped up.

Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto courthouse after the fourth day of his sexual assault trial wrapped up. (David Donelly/CBC)

Lucy DeCoutere emailed Jian Ghomeshi hours after an alleged sexual assault saying she wanted to have sex with him, and sent him a handwritten letter days later saying she was sad they didn’t spend the night together, court heard today.

Lucy DeCoutere

“You kicked my ass last night and that makes me want to f–k your brains out tonight,” DeCoutere emailed Ghomeshi about 1:30 a.m.

It was one of a series of emails unveiled by Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, sent to the former CBC Radio host by the Trailer Park Boysactress in the years following the alleged assault. DeCoutere claims she was choked and slapped by Ghomeshi at his Toronto home following a dinner date in July 2003.

​Ghomeshi, 48, who lives in Toronto, has pleaded not guilty in provincial court to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, all related to alleged assaults from 2002 to 2003. A judge alone is hearing the case.

The identities of the two other complainants in the case are protected under a publication ban, but DeCoutere, also an air force captain, went to court to lift the ban on her name.

Handwritten letter

Henein also presented a letter DeCoutere had handwritten to Ghomeshi after she returned to Halifax from Toronto, dated five days after the alleged assault.

Ghomeshi trial sketch - Feb 5

In this courtroom sketch, witness Lucy DeCoutere, right, is cross-examined by defence lawyer Marie Henein as Jian Ghomeshi and Justice William Horkins listen in court. (Alexandra Newbould/Canadian Press)

In the letter, DeCoutere recounts the evening she had with Ghomeshi, saying how they hooked up for dinner and “you totally knocked me out.”

She apologized if she sent Ghomeshi mixed messages, adding that “I loved spending time with you this weekend.”

“Jian you’re great and I want to know more, have more fun, easy times with you because it’s so very rare, right?

“I am sad we didn’t spend the night together,” DeCoutere wrote.

Henein made DeCoutere read the last line of the letter.

“I love your hands,” DeCoutere said.

DeCoutere said she couldn’t remember sending the email about wanting to have sex with Ghomeshi, but that it didn’t change the fact that he assaulted her.

“Women can be assaulted by someone and still have positive feelings for them afterward,” she said. “That’s why there are emotionally abusive relationships that continue.”

‘I would never lie under oath’

DeCoutere also said she didn’t remember writing the letter.

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