Hosting all summer on the program Dupont en vacances du FM93, in Quebec, comedian P-A Méthot reacted today to the Philippe Bond affair.
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“Me, this morning, I am destroyed, for several reasons, he said on the air. The first is that Philippe Bond is one of my friends. It's like I got cheated by my girlfriend this morning. I am pained because I say to myself: is there something I have not paid attention to? Because we were very often together for 20 years. And on the head of my father and my daughter, because people will ask me the question, I have never, ever, ever seen inappropriate behavior on the part of Philippe Bond in my presence.
“Among the people who testified, there are people I know very well and of whom I absolutely have no doubt of the veracity of what they can say, he continues. Mathilde Laurier [one of the women who testified in the La Presse file], we often worked together. He's someone I love very much. And I have no reason to doubt the veracity of his words. And even less of the honesty of this girl.
“I will never condone, I will never defend someone who has committed acts like those for which he is accused. I will never condone that. […] That he is retiring from public life, I think it is a good thing. Because there, it will become heavy. In the next few days, it will become very, very heavy. If he is badly advised in all of this, that is where he will make mistakes.
“I could never say that I hate Philippe Bond. I had wonderful times with him. I had a lot of fun. We worked together. It's always been amazing. Do I blame him for these gestures that he allegedly made? I have no respect for people who treat others that way."