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Brazeau accusers want to pull out: lawyer

By The Canadian Press

GATINEAU, Que. - The lawyer for suspended Sen. Patrick Brazeau says the alleged victims in an assault and threats case against his client want to withdraw their complaints.

Defence lawyer Gerald Larocque says one of the two people has actually written the Crown about dropping the complaint, which was filed following an incident in April.

Brazeau was charged with assault, possession of cocaine, uttering threats and breaching bail conditions following an altercation involving a man and a woman at a home in Gatineau, Que.

The embattled senator, formerly a member of the Conservative caucus, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but was not in court today as the case was put off until Sept. 5.

The Crown, which has the final say on whether the complaints would ultimately be dropped, would not comment on that possibility.

The former Conservative is still facing charges of assault and sexual assault in relation to an incident from February 2013, with a trial date expected to be set in September. Brazeau also faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in connection with his Senate expense claims.

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