The owner of the Saint Sulpice bar is vigourously denying charges of homophobia following the Friday night expulsion of a young gay couple.
The two were students attending a party organized by the Universite de Montreal and say they were victims of discrimination.
According to Saint Sulpice owner Maurice Bourassa, the two young men were posing a safety hazard by lying one on top of the other, blocking a fire escape.
He said both their location and their behaviour was unacceptable.
Bourassa says he interviewed almost a dozen staff members who witnessed the incident.
They said the pair were joking as they were escorted out.
Bourassa adds that heterosexual couples were also kicked out that night
And says the media is creating is creating a firestorm out of a minor incident.
The federation of student associations at the Université de Montreal says it's satisfied with Bourassa's version and adds it considers the case closed.
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