A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has said that a libel suit brought by author Steven Galloway against a woman he said falsely accused her of sexual and physical assault may continue to stand trial .
Galloway, who was president of the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia before being fired in 2016, filed a lawsuit three years ago against the woman – whose identity is protected by a ban publication but is mentioned in court documents as AB – and over 20 others.
Judge Elaine Adair has dismissed the lawsuit against some of the accused.
The novelist says he has been vilified and his reputation ruined. He asked for damages, an injunction preventing the defendants from repeating the allegations and removing the remarks from the internet, some of which were made on social media.
None of the trial allegations have been proven in court.
Adair said in his ruling that 12 defendants, including AB, had requested that the lawsuit be dismissed under the provincial Public Participation Protection Act, which seeks to protect critics on matters of public interest from prosecution. aimed at silencing or punishing them.
In a written decision released Thursday by lawyers involved in the case, Adair said allowing Galloway’s claims does not presuppose a particular outcome before a trial judge.
“On the contrary, what has happened is that Mr. Galloway will have the opportunity to present his arbitration requests in a lawsuit,” Adair wrote.
âMr. Galloway may be successful in persuading a trial judge that, with respect to a particular claim, he is entitled to a remedy (which may be substantial or minimal), or his claim may be dismissed on the merits. Mr. Galloway may win against one defendant, but fail against another or against all others. The end result will be up to the trial judge. ”
Galloway was suspended from college in November 2015 amid an investigation into what the school called serious allegations of misconduct.
He was fired in June of the following year.
In December 2015, the university asked former British Columbia Supreme Court justice Mary Ellen Boyd to investigate the complaints against Galloway. Boyd’s report, submitted in April 2016, has not been made public.
Galloway said in a statement released in November 2016, shortly after the Boyd Report was released, that on a balance of probabilities, the retired judge found he had not committed a sexual assault.