Preliminary hearing begins for former Quebec entertainer Eric Salvail

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A preliminary hearing is underway for Quebec media star Eric Salvail.

Salvail faces three charges, sexual assault, harassment and unlawful confinement involving a single victim, Donald Duguay, now 46.

At Duguay's request, the Crown asked that his name not be covered by the standard publication ban in sexual assault cases, which was agreed to by the judge.

The allegations against the former producer and talk show host date from between April and November 1993.

Salvail was accompanied by his lawyer Michel Massicotte and didn't answer questions from reporters at the courthouse.

A publication ban covers the evidence presented during the hearing, which is expected to last three days and will determine whether the case goes to trial.