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Singer Corneliu Munteanu pleads guilty

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Corneliu Munteanu became known by participating in the popular television competition “Star Académie”. (Archive photo)

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In preventive detention since the 29 Last November, singer Corneliu Munteanu pleaded guilty on Friday at the Montreal courthouse to two counts of administering drugs to two people without their knowledge.

The accused, who is a singer, became known during his participation in the second edition of the television competition Star Académie, in 2004. He hit the headlines in January following criminal charges filed against him, namely having administered drugs to two ex-partners in 2013 and 2016, in Montreal.

The Crown and defense jointly requested a sentence of 100 days of incarceration, a suggestion accepted by the judge. As he has remained behind bars since the end of November, he will only have a few days remaining on his sentence.

Mr. Munteanu will also be subject to two years' probation. The judge imposed numerous conditions of release on him, including that of not coming into contact with his victims, nor of being within a 200 meter radius of their residences.

The artist in his forties was accused more specifically of having administered a poison, a destructive substance, a deleterious substance with the intention of distressing or tormenting his victims.

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In a statement he read to the court, the accused acknowledged his wrongdoing in addition to apologizing to his victims.

One ​​of his victims asked the Court to lift the publication ban, which prohibited the media from revealing his identity. This is Corneliu Munteanu's ex-spouse, Meggie Lagacé.

Summoned to appear at the Montreal courthouse in November 2023, Corneliu Munteanu had failed to appear before the judge. The latter then issued an arrest warrant against the singer.

His escape was, however, short-lived. He was arrested a few days later by Laval police officers and placed in preventive detention on November 29 while awaiting further proceedings against him.

– With information from Audrey Neveu

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