Furlong seeks to have sexual assault lawsuit dismissed

The Globe and Mail

VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Jan. 29 2015

A lawyer for former Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong has applied to have a lawsuit alleging his client committed sexual assault dismissed.

John Hunter made his application Thursday in B.C. Supreme Court. He argued the complainant in the case wasn’t even enrolled at the school where Mr. Furlong was a physical education teacher more than four decades ago.

Mr. Hunter said the complainant, Grace West, has also ceased communication about the case and Mr. Furlong’s legal team has not heard from her in months.

A courtroom assistant made several attempts to reach Ms. West by telephone Thursday, but she did not answer. A lawyer also did not appear on her behalf.

The judge reserved her decision, saying she wanted time to review the materials. It was not immediately clear when a judgment would be rendered.

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