Jian Ghomeshi Arrested, Facing 5 Charges

Nearly a month has passed since former radio host Jian Ghomeshi first faced accusations of sexual abuse and was fired from CBC. He was arrested this morning in Toronto and is facing multiple charges.

Ghomeshi has now been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “overcome resistance –choking” according to the Toronto police in a news release. He surrendered to the police this morning after dropping his $55 million lawsuit against the CBC for breach of confidence yesterday. He now must pay $18,000 to the CBC in to cover their legal costs. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, anyone found guilty of attempting to choke someone to overcome their resistance to the commission of an indictable offence can face a maximum punishment of life in prison. Sexual assault carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The case quickly developed after he was let go from his radio show The Q on Oct. 26th. 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. 23rd saw “graphic evidence that Jian had caused physical injury to a woman.” Ghomeshi quickly responded with a lengthy and dramatic 1,586 word Facebook posting .

“I’ve done nothing wrong.” he said defending himself, also asserting that “everything I have done has been consensual,” and that he had been sacked “because of what I do in my private life.” Eventually a total of nine women and one man came forward saying Ghomeshi had hit or sexually harassed them, including Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere. The last time Ghomeshi addressed the situation was with a short Facebook post saying that he intended “to meet the allegations directly.” He is now scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Source: Facebook

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Ghomeshi appeared in court this afternoon and pleaded not guilty to all charges. His lawyer Marie Henein says Ghomeshi will make no media statements. He was released on $100,000 bail with the conditions that he must surrender his passport, live with his mother and he cannot contact his accusers.

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Here we have multiple cases of sexual assault filed long after they occurred, against a man in power, where the victims feared coming forward about it… Sounds like this Canadian story could shed some light on the current Bill Cosby situation.