The final day of a closed pre-trial hearing for Jian Ghomeshi ended Friday with him being ordered to return to court on Feb. 1 on four charges of sexual assault and one of choking.
The 48-year-old disgraced former CBC radio host is scheduled to face a second trial on an additional sexual assault charge in June.
Ghomeshi entered his plea of not guilty to the charges for the first time on Thursday. A pre-trial motion by the defence dealing with an application for certain records was held in private.
Ghomeshi remains free on bail. He was charged by the police a month after being fired by the CBC.
At that time, Ghomeshi published a long Facebook defence of himself that described his interest in “a variety of activities in the bedroom. . . that are mutually agreed upon, consensual and exciting for both partners.”
CBC subsequently said Ghomeshi was fired after executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman.
Two charges of sexual assault were withdrawn by the Crown earlier this year, leaving Ghomeshi facing five counts of sexual assault and one of choking related to four complainants including Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere.