Author Reva Seth accuses Jian Ghomeshi of assault
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Author Reva Seth accuses Jian Ghomeshi of assault

Author and lawyer Reva Seth second woman to publicly come forward with allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, in a first-person account

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A second woman has revealed her identity while describing allegations of abuse against her by former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi.

Reva Seth, author of the book The MomShift and lawyer, wrote an account of her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog post published by Huffington Post Canada on Thursday, making the total number of women accusing him of being violent towards them nine.

In 2002, Seth, then 26, met Ghomeshi when she was starting a new job at city hall and a masters program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Upon first meeting him at a grocery store, she found him “funny and charming,” and started seeing him casually.

She writes that over the course of a summer, they attended a couple of parties together and watched a movie at his house.

“I was seeing other people and I’m pretty sure he was also.”

Seth says she and Ghomeshi never discussed anything related to BDSM and had “only casually fooled around — a bit of kissing.”

However, on one such evening, which “started out fine,” after they had a drink and smoked some marijuana, Ghomeshi’s behaviour suddenly changed, she writes.

“Suddenly, it was like he became a different person,” she writes. “He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.

“Jian had his hands around my throat, had pulled down my pants and was aggressively and violently digitally penetrating me with his fingers,” Seth recounts. “When it was over, I got up and it was clear I was really angry. My sexual interactions until then had always been consensual, enjoyable and fun.

“He gave me some weird lines about how he couldn’t tell if I was actually attracted to him or not,” she writes about what happened afterwards. “And somehow this was meant to explain his behaviour.”

Seth says she called a cab and left right away, and Ghomeshi walked her to the door “like it was all totally normal.”

She debated coming forward for fear of “judgment, online trolls, the questioning of all your other choices,” as well as possible assertions that her experience was not bad or happened too long ago.

Seth also believed if she came forward, that she would be “eviscerated” because she had willingly gone to Ghomeshi’s house, drank and smoked marijuana with him, and had a sexual past.

She had decided to not see Ghomeshi again, ignoring his calls and messages over the following weeks, and not to involve the police.

Seth was moved to come forward with her story after hearing Lucy DeCoutere speaking on CBC’s The Current about her “remarkably similar experience” with Ghomeshi. DeCoutere, who played Lucy on Trailer Park Boys, first detailed her allegations against Ghomeshi to the Toronto Star, along with seven other women who have asked not to be identified.

In a brief Facebook post Thursday, Ghomeshi thanked his supporters and said he will not be speaking with the press about the allegations, but that he intends to meet them head-on.

Shortly before any allegations became public, CBC fired Ghomeshi, who had worked for the public broadcaster for 14 years. They announced on Thursday that they were hiring a third-party company to investigate allegations against Ghomeshi.

On Thursday afternoon, Ghomeshi’s crisis communications firm Navigator and PR agency rock-it promotions both stated that they would no longer be representing him.

Ghomeshi filed a $55-million defamation and breach of trust lawsuit against the CBC on Monday, in which he alleged his former employer had made a “moral judgment” about his sexual preferences, including bondage and rough sex, which he described in a Facebook post on Oct. 26.

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