Radio Star Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault, Turns Smarmy Self In To Police
Jian Ghomeshi, the beloved Canadian radio host who was fired from his popular CBC show Q after nine women came forward accusing him of sexual assault and physical abuse, has been charged by the Toronto Police. According to a press release:
On Friday, October 31, 2014, Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes started an investigation into several allegations of sexual assault.
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Jian Ghomeshi, 47, of Toronto, surrendered to police. He was charged with:
1) four counts of Sexual Assault
2) Overcome Resistance – Choking
He is scheduled to appear in court early this afternoon. We will notify the media of the court location well in advance of the appearance.
When Ghomeshi was first fired, he posted a lengthy Facebook message proclaiming his innocence and accusing the CBC of penalizing him for being into BDSM.
I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.
He then threw down some epic, wah-wah poor lil’ ol me, victim-blaming because OF COURSE:
Someone also began colluding with a freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine and, together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me. She found some sympathetic ears by painting herself as a victim and turned this into a campaign. The writer boldly started contacting my friends, acquaintances and even work colleagues – all of whom came to me to tell me this was happening and all of whom recognized it as a trumped up way to attack me and undermine my reputation.
The fact that charges are actually being brought against Ghomeshi gives me a little bit of hope – not just for the women who have come forward in this case, but for all women who speak out against their abusers. It’s been an exhausting, frustrating and demoralizing month for women speaking out about rape and assault – from Bill Cosby, to UVA to high schoolers in Norman, Oklahoma. But all case are connected by brave women and girls using their voices to shut down their abusers and the institutions that protect them. These charges are another small step forward in the right direction for all women.