Canada sex assault lawsuit names prominent Vatican cardinal
"He grabbed me and then … his hands on my back, they went down pretty low," F told Radio-Canada's investigative program Enquete in the spring. "Quite intrusive for, let's say for someone who is my superior, who is the archbishop of Quebec."
The go-ahead for the class action was given by a Canadian judge in May but it was not filed until Tuesday.
She said Quellet kissed her and later that week when he saw her again, said he might as well kiss her again.
His behavior on other occasions included holding her to his body and caressing her back.
"I felt chased after. It became more and more invasive, more and more intense to the point where I stopped attending events. I tried avoiding being in his presence as much as possible," she said.
Alain Arseneault of the law firm Arsenault Dufresne Wee Avocats, who represents the victims, told Enquete that it was Ouellet who chose pastoral agents.
"You have at that time a young woman in her mid-20s versus a powerful man in a position of authority, known worldwide at the time, who was maybe 60," he said. "Like most victims, she froze."
A second lawsuit against the Brothers of the Christian Schools of Francophone Canada was filed on behalf of 193 alleged victims who have accused 116 members of the group of sexual assault, the law firm said.