Friday, Oct. 24: Jian Ghomeshi taking time off from CBC for ‘personal issues’
Without giving a reason, a CBC spokesman announces that Jian Ghomeshi is taking an “undetermined” amount of time away.
Sunday: CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations
Ghomeshi is fired over “information” the public broadcaster recently received that it says “precludes” it from continuing to employ the 47-year-old host of the popular Q radio show.
Shortly after CBC announces Ghomeshi is out the door, Ghomeshi announces he is launching a lawsuit. He follows that up with a Facebook posting saying he has been the target of “harassment, vengeance and demonization.”
Monday: Jian Ghomeshi files $55-million lawsuit against CBC
Ghomeshi files a lawsuit against the CBC for defamation, breach of confidence and punitive damages at 4 p.m.
The statement of claim alleges CBC’s official statement was made in bad faith and is defamatory, creating “damaging speculation” about Ghomeshi.
“It implies or creates the innuendo that Mr. Ghomeshi’s termination was related to unacceptable conduct,” the statement of claim alleges. The statement also “confirmed that the basis of his termination was as a result of the confidential information that had been disclosed voluntarily and in good faith to the CBC by Mr. Ghomeshi.”
Wednesday: Eight women accuse former CBC host of violence, sexual abuse or harassment
Eight women from across Canada accuse Ghomeshi of abusive behaviour ranging from allegations of beating and choking without consent, to workplace sexual harassment.
The allegations, as reported by the Star, range from 2002 to the present.
One woman, Canadian actor Lucy DeCoutere, agrees to be identified.
Thursday: Author Reva Seth accuses Jian Ghomeshi of assault
A second woman reveals her identity while describing allegations of abuse.
Reva Seth, an author and lawyer, writes an account of her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog post published by Huffington Post Canada, making her the ninth woman to come forward.
Meanwhile, crisis-management firm Navigator and publicity firm rock-it promotions announce they will be parting ways with Ghomeshi.
Friday, Oct. 31: Toronto police launch investigation into Jian Ghomeshi allegations
The Star reports Ghomeshi had presented graphic videos to his bosses last week, according to sources.
As Ghomeshi’s agent, publisher and former bandmates distance themselves from the former radio host, Toronto police confirm that two women have come forward with allegations against Ghomeshi.
- With files from Toronto Star staff and wire services