I believe Julie Payette assaulted her ex-husband. And I believe there was physical evidence, which is why the charges were laid. It’s hard to come up with any other scenario to explain why the police would lay charges against an astronaut. Unless they were undercover men’s rights activists, the cops aren’t just going to take the word of a fighter pilot, who looks like he could play himself in a movie, that his wife is slapping him around.
After that, what a mess. Payette probably regretted what happened almost instantaneously and her ex-husband Billie Flynn likely regretted reporting it. But once the wheels of justice start to turn it’s hard to stop them. There’s bound to be way more regret to come.
When Julie Payette says the now-expunged charges against her were “unfounded” that’s almost certainly true but it’s also contrary to what most of us understand “unfounded” to mean. The police use unfounded in a bizarre way that strips the word of its common meaning. Statistics Canada stopped using the term years ago because it means anything and everything. And the definition of “unfounded” is just as confused in the U.S. where the assault was alleged to have taken place.
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