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Amid revelations of death threats and a class-action lawsuit, a news conference held by the lawyer of the owner of the collapsed mall in Elliot Lake spiraled out of control as residents voiced their anger.

“We are not stupid, we were not born under a cabbage patch,” Elliot Lake resident Valerie Clarke shouted as lawyer Antoine-René Fabris tersely answered questions from the media. She was cheered on by many in the crowd.

Fabris defended Algo Shopping Centre owner Robert Nazarian from charges that the company knew the mall was structurally unsound yet continued let it stay open.

“My family was in the mall when it collapsed. If I had thought there was any danger, I certainly would not have put my family in harm’s way,” an emotional Fabris said.

“Madam, I feel your grief . . . please, I’m a member of the community as well. When all this media…

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