Jian Ghomeshi arrested on sex assault charges
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Nov 26, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

Jian Ghomeshi arrested on sex assault charges

Former CBC Radio host is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon


[Last updated Nov. 26, 12:06 p.m.]

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested this morning, Toronto police confirmed.

Ghomeshi, 47, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance – choking. He surrendered to police, according to a news release.

He is scheduled to appear in a College Park courtroom at 2:00 p.m. today.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson declined comment, saying "we don't comment on police matters."

Toronto police began their investigation on Oct. 31. At the time, three women, including Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere, had come forward with allegations.

Nine women and one man have told the Toronto Star and other media that they were choked, hit or sexually harassed by Ghomeshi. 

Ghomeshi, who hosted the popular radio show Q since 2007, was fired by the CBC on Oct. 26.

CBC’s executive vice-president of English services, Heather Conway, has said that Ghomeshi was sacked after the CBC’s head of radio, Chris Boyce, and head of public affairs, Chuck Thompson, on Oct. 23 saw “graphic evidence that Jian had caused physical injury to a woman.”

She said the evidence included text messages, photos and video.

Conway did not view the evidence herself.

A source told the Star that the video, shown on Ghomeshi’s phone, depicted a woman he had dated with bruises, apparently caused by a cracked rib.

In a message posted on Facebook days after he was fired, Ghomeshi said he intended to meet the allegations against him “directly.” His Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as his website, have since been taken down.

Since his firing, Ghomeshi has been dumped by crisis communications firm Navigator; publicity company Rock-It Promotions; his publisher; his agent; the musician Lights, whom he managed for 12 years; and the Polaris Music Prize jury.

Ghomeshi is being represented by high-profile criminal defence lawyer Marie Henein.

On Tuesday, he dropped his $55-million lawsuit against the CBC for breach of confidence, saying he was taking his fight against the broadcaster to “binding arbitration” in accordance with its collective agreement. He must pay the CBC $18,000 in legal costs.

Toronto Star

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