Le Dagobert regrets that some of his employees have received threats following allegations of homophobia over the weekend and does not rule out a lawsuit against singer Émile Bilodeau for what he believes he has contributed to this climate.
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According to co-owner Jean-Frédéric Laberge, employees of the restaurant were verbally abused by passers-by on Sunday evening while they were working on the terrace.
He claims objects were thrown their way and one of them, a security guard, was physically assaulted.
“He was at the edge of the terrace. A customer walked by and yelled something at this clerk about homosexuality, and he punched him right in the head.”
“We received thousands of hate messages on social media,” he says.
Call for a bar boycott
Mr Laberge makes a connection to Sunday night’s Émile Bilodeau concert at the Parc de la Francophonie, where he called on viewers to boycott his venue.
“He incited people to hate,” he argues, not ruling out a lawsuit against the singer-songwriter.
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Singer Émile Bilodeau called for an establishment boycott during his show at the Festival d’été de Quebec on Sunday night.
“People left the show. When they left the show, they attacked the staff,” he said.
“We analyze the situation, we talk to our lawyers about it.”
Mr. Bilodeau’s team responded to these Dagobert allegations via email.
“In response to media news about Le Dagobert bar and in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community, Émile Bilodeau invited viewers of his FEQ show who were present to boycott the bar and sing “Fuck le Dagobert” with him. In no case did Émile incite his fans to attack the bar or anyone,” says Justine A.-Lebrun, communications strategist and press officer for the music label Bravo.
Arrested for assault
For its part, the Quebec City Police Department has confirmed that a 23-year-old out-of-province suspect was arrested around 11pm Sunday in Dagobert for assaulting a police officer.
On Saturday evening, however, the police could not say anything more about the reason for the argument and the allegations of a suspected case of homophobia.
The SPVQ spokesman could not say whether there were incidents with other passers-by.