Radio host faces sex assault case

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Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A prominent Canadian radio host has been arrested on sexual assault charges.

Toronto police said in a statement that former Canadian Broadcasting (CBC) star Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called “overcome resistance – choking”.

The allegations, first reported in the media in October, rocked the Canadian public broadcaster, a vaunted Canadian institution.

Ghomeshi, 47, had hosted Q, a CBC radio show on culture, since 2007. His show was also heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International stations in the US.

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair declined to comment, saying the matter is now before the courts.

CBC fired Ghomeshi in October, saying his dismissal was prompted by the emergence of “graphic” evidence that he had caused physical injury to a person.

Ghomeshi defended his actions in a 1,500-word statement on Facebook then, saying he had consensual “rough sex” with women and is the victim of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend.

After the Toronto Star reported several more allegations days later, Ghomeshi posted that he would confront the allegations “directly”, but wouldn’t discuss them with the media.

After he was fired, Ghomeshi launched legal action against the CBC for breach of confidence and defamation. He dropped that case yesterday, though a union grievance alleging dismissal without proper cause remains.

Published: Wednesday 26th November 2014 by The News Editor

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