The CBC says it has learned of a “specific claim of impropriety” toward one of its employees that will be included in a “continuing investigation” at the public broadcasting corporation.
In an internal memo to staff, Roula Zaarour, CBC Vice President, People and Culture, said the company learned of the claim late Monday evening through a story in the Star.
“We have always encouraged our employees to come forward with any concerns about their working environment,” Zaarour said. “We are here to support you. That has been and will remain the case.”
On Sunday, the Toronto Star published detailed allegations against former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. Three women quoted in the story claim that Ghomeshi physically attacked them without their consent during sexual encounters. A fourth woman, who worked at CBC, claimed Ghomeshi told her at work: “I want to hate f--- you.”
In a Facebook post Sunday, Ghomeshi denied engaging in non-consensual sexual acts and claimed he is the subject of “harassment, vengeance and demonization.” Ghomeshi is suing the CBC for $55 million.
None of these allegations has been tested in court.
Zaarour’s memo to employees doesn’t name Ghomeshi or specify which matter is being referred to, but states that the CBC will consider “any new information” that comes up.
“You will be reading and hearing a lot of different things, both in mainstream media and social media, over the coming days, weeks and months,” the memo reads.
“You should be aware that we will generally be unable to respond or react to these, or even to correct factual inaccuracies, due to pending legal action”