In a 3-0 decision on January 24, 2012, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a series of publication bans and sealing orders pertaining to Williams's divorce proceedings, ordered by an Ottawa family court last April, were to be set aside. The court ruled that there was no legal basis for wrapping a cloak of secrecy around the divorce file. However, the lawyer for Williams's wife said that she will seek an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. They have fourteen days in which to do so.
Jane Doe (Williams's first known sexual assault victim) was the first from the gates when, back in May 2010, she launched a $2.45-million lawsuit against her attacker and his wife. Mary-Elizabeth Harriman has since filed a defense, refuting suggestions made in Doe's Statement of Claim that she had conspired with her husband to transfer assets out his name following his arrest. A date for the trial has not yet been set.
Then, in July 2011, Laurie Massicotte, Williams's second sexual assault victim, served notice that she planned to file her own lawsuit. Two months later, details of her claim became public. She is seeking $7-million in damages from not only Williams and his wife but also the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Attorney General of Canada. Massicotte, who alleges a "breach of duty of care", maintains that she could have avoided the tragedy had she been warned in advance of predatory activity that was occurring in her neighborhood. Needless to say, none of these allegations have yet been proven in court. (In January 2012, Harriman filed a statement of defense for this pending lawsuit as well, indicating her intention to fight the matter in court.)
Massicotte's suit was soon followed with one by Larry Jones ("The Mayor of Cosy Cove") in November 2011, in which Jones seeks almost $1.6-million from Williams, the Quinte West Police Services Board, and the Ontario Provincial Police - who, he alleges, had wrongly accused him of the two sex attacks in Tweed, and had caused him mental distress by focusing their resources and attention on him. He is also seeking damages from Laurie Massicotte, who had initially told police that she recognized the voice of her attacker as Jones's, and Jonas Kelly (who suggested to Laurie that the voice could have been Larry's), thereby bringing police scrutiny upon him. Once again, all of these allegations have yet to be proven in court, a date for which has not yet been set.
Most recently, on January 26, 2012 (just two days prior to the two-year anniversary of Jessica Lloyd's disappearance), Jessica's brother and mother, Andy and Roxanne Lloyd, filed a statement of claim seeking $4-million in damages from Russell Williams and his wife. Their claim also alleges that financial transactions made between Williams and his wife following his arrest were fraudulent in nature. According to the statement of claim, the Lloyds indicated that they now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions that have interfered with their ability "to experience a normal adult life". As with the other Williams-related lawsuits, no hearing date has yet been set to prove these allegations in court.
Check in regularly to camouflagedkiller.com, where we will keep you updated on the progress of each of these claims. There's little doubt that - if they go to trial - many more shocking details will be released to the public. Stay tuned.