UPDATED: Woman drops sex abuse lawsuit against John Furlong
One of the women who filed suit against former VANOC CEO John Furlong, accusing him of abuse, has withdrawn her lawsuit.
A judge granted Beverly Abraham’s request for dismissal Friday.
She says continuing with the case was too stressful and exhausting, especially since the death of her brother this past July.
“I have to think of my mother. She’s 91 years old. I have to think of my children and my grandchildren.”
Abraham says she understands that a cloud of suspicion will remain over her.
Furlong has maintained his innocence.
He’s already taken legal action against reporter Laura Robinson who he is accusing of mounting a “malicious” campaign to destroy his reputation.
Robinson wrote about the allegations Furlong abused Abraham and others at a Catholic private school in Northern B.C. more than 40 years ago.
In a statement, Furlong’s lawyer says he has always maintained the allegations made by Abraham and two others from Burns Lake were not true.
The statement also cites the RCMP’s finding a year ago of no evidence supporting Abraham’s allegations.