CBC fired Jian Ghomeshi after seeing ‘graphic...
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CBC fired Jian Ghomeshi after seeing ‘graphic evidence’: internal memo

The CBC saw “graphic evidence” for the first time last Thursday that Jian Ghomeshi had “caused physical injury to a woman” which led to his firing on Sunday


The CBC fired Jian Ghomeshi after seeing “graphic evidence” for the first time last Thursday that Ghomeshi had “caused physical injury to a woman,” the CBC said an internal memo sent out Friday.

“At no time prior to last week was the CBC aware that Jian had engaged in any activities which resulted in the physical injuries of another person,” the memo states.

After seeing this evidence, the public broadcaster took “immediate steps to remove Jian from the workplace and terminated his employment on October 26.”

“After viewing this graphic evidence we determined that Jian’s conduct was a fundamental breach of CBC’s standard of acceptable conduct for any employee,” the memo states. His conduct “was likely to bring the reputation of his fellow employees and CBC into disrepute and could not be defended by the CBC.”

The CBC was informed in the spring by Ghomeshi that the Toronto Star was looking into allegations by an ex-girlfriend that he had engaged in non-consensual ‘rough sex,’” the memo states.

He repeatedly denied that there was any truth to the allegations, according to the statement.

“Jian was adamant that he and his lawyers would be able to prove that he had done nothing wrong should the Toronto Star pursue the allegations,” the memo states. “At that time the Toronto Star did not move ahead with the allegations, and based on Jian’s denial, we continued to believe him.”

Nine women – including a former employee at Q - have made allegations of assault and sexual harassment against Ghomeshi since he was fired, including that he choked them, pulled their hair, hit them over the head or sexually harassed them.

Ghomeshi has said, through statements on his Facebook page, that his actions were consensual and that he intends to meet these allegations “directly.”

Ghomeshi is also suing the public broadcaster for $55 million for defamation and breach of trust.

The memo states that the CBC is “very concerned by the additional allegations which have emerged in the media since October 26 and about the impact of these events on all of our employees.”

The CBC will conduct an independent investigation into any “complaints of workplaces violence or harassment that are brought to our attention.”

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said that the CBC will not comment further for legal reasons.

Ghomeshi has been dropped by Navigator, the high-profile crisis management firm, his publicist rock-it Promotions, two Canadian speakers bureaus and The Agency, a live booking firm.

Toronto Star

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