Two years after being hit by allegations of sexual misconduct, comedian and actor Julien Lacroix announces his return by organizing the live recording of an independent podcast that will highlight his two years of sobriety.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing you. I haven’t spoken in front of people since March 12, 2020. I’m really nervous but excited to speak to you,” he wrote on his personal Instagram account on Tuesday, followed by 125,000 followers.
“Thanks to everyone who has supported me, if it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a society to raise a drunk,” he continued, starting the sale of a limited number of tickets. The comedian didn’t respond to our request for clarification.
Recall that during a new denunciation movement on social networks in the summer of 2020, nine women had confided in him Have to Being a victim of sexual assault or misconduct by Julien Lacroix. Abandoned by his agency, the comedian and actor had put all his ongoing projects on hold and left the public eye.
In his message, Julien Lacroix specifies that, above all, to underline his two years of sobriety, he is starting this new podcast project today. In addition, “all profits go to the prevention of alcoholism and [de] Substance abuse among adolescents. “I know that for many of you it may seem mundane or your daily life, but I admit that it is a great pride on my part since I have been using it since I was 12 years old. not me [tiens] nothing to be taken for granted, I’m still recovering, but I admit that I’m breathing better. »
Presented as a question-and-answer podcast, the event that intertwines “humor and confessions” will take place on July 12 in a previously undisclosed room in Montreal. Only the 25 participants get the exact address 24 hours before the comedian goes on stage.
This public outing received a mixed reception from Quebecers on social media. While some have shown their love and support for Julien Lacroix – evidence of which is his tickets sold out in hours – others have rather expressed their dismay and dissatisfaction at his return to the public eye.
“What strikes me about Julien’s uninhibited return is that timed coordination and the conjunction of which it is a part,” wrote in a message to the Have to Lauriane Palardy, one of the nine women who denounced the comedian in 2020.
” [Johnny] Depp won his case, abortion is illegal in several US states, and an El Salvador woman has just been sentenced to 50 years in prison after her baby died in childbirth. the setback Post #MeToo is striking and to me Julien’s return is part of an international anti-feminist movement. It worries me a lot. »
However, she adds that she is “genuinely glad” that Julien Lacroix is now “sober and doing well”. “I wish for him to heal himself by helping others see the violence they perpetuate. I hope his return will be useful. For me, Julien has a huge responsibility now,” she continued.
In a fully broadcast video interview by The duty Julien Lacroix had already expressed his desire to reconnect with his audience in December 2021, even if he had not received the forgiveness of the women who denounced him. “I wish these people would be better off. I wish that one day they can move on by sitting with me or without me. […] What I control is my gait. »
Of the nine whistleblowers, only Lauriane Palardy responded to our interview requests on Tuesday, while several others declined to comment on Julien Lacroix’s announcement. By December, however, seven of them had spoken out about his first public interview and were very divided. Some would have liked him to write an apology before considering restarting his career. Others felt his introspection was not complete, as he acknowledged that he consulted specialists only about his problems with use and not specifically about his sexual behavior.
Julien Lacroix then indicated that he did not want to impose himself, stressing that “the advantage of making humor is that you can rent spaces and make capsules on the Internet, [mais] if we don’t want to see you, we don’t see you. I don’t force myself on anyone.”
The artist had also spoken about his personal journey and how he dealt with whistleblowers. “I want to walk with my head held high again. I was still quite humiliated and ashamed,” he argued.