Canadian comedian and former talk show host Mike Bullard entered a guilty plea in a Toronto courtroom on Friday to charges he made harassing phone calls to ex-girlfriend Cynthia Mulligan in 2016.
As CBC News reports, the one-time host of “Open Mike” also pleaded guilty to breaching bail.
Mulligan, a reporter for Toronto’s CityNews, was on hand to read a victim statement in court.
“I am here today because I refuse to be a victim. I am here to show my daughters that abuse is not OK, not ever, and if it happens, you stand up for yourself,” said Mulligan, alleging that Bullard, 60, drove past her place of work multiple times and called her from various pay phones, telling the court that she and her daughters were forced to move out of their house over concerns for their safety.
“No woman should ever have to go through this simply because she ended a relationship,” declared Mulligan.
A friend of Mulligan’s posted the entire victim statement on Facebook:
When it was Bullard’s turn to speak, he told the judge: “I want to try and rebuild my life. I have no intention of contacting her in any shape or form. It won’t happen again, Your Honour,” he said.
Outside the court, however, Bullard told reporters that Mulligan’s victim impact statement was “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life,” adding: “I’ve never stalked or abused a woman in my life. I’ve never made an obscene phone call in my life, and I never will. I never want to see this person again, but I bear her no ill will.”
Bullard received a conditional discharge, and will remain under probation for six months. In addition, he’s been ordered to attend a domestic violence program.