The Toronto police are not currently investigating former CBC star Jian Ghomeshi, despite a number of accusations that have surfaced throughout the week, according to chief Bill Blair.
The announcement came at an impromptu press conference Thursday afternoon, in which Blair told reporters that until a victim came forward, or other evidence was presented, there would not be an investigation into Ghomeshi’s case.
“We need a complainant. We need someone to come forward and say, ‘This is what’s happened to me,’ and we will investigate that,” he said.
“And we will do that as quickly and compassionately as we possibly can.”
The conference came in the midst of a public outcry following allegations that Ghomeshi has beaten and choked women without consent and engaged in workplace harassment, among other allegations, since 2002.
Ghomeshi was fired from his job as host of popular radio show Q at the CBC Sunday. On Thursday, the public broadcaster announced it was hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation into the slew of allegations directed at Ghomeshi.
Blair encouraged any women who may have been victims in this case, or any other to come forward and speak to police, where they would then be connected with victim services.
He added that police’s first priority would be the safety of victims in such allegations.
“In any circumstance where any person has been the victim of a sexual assault, I want to encourage them to come forward and report, give us an opportunity to conduct and investigation and gather the evidence,” he said.
“(And) give us an opportunity to connect them with some of the support services that can help in their recovery.”
In a brief statement on Facebook, prior to Blair’s conference Thursday, Ghomeshi said, “I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly.
“I don’t intend to discuss this matter any further with the media.”