Not guilty! Jian Ghomeshi, the disgraced ex-CBC radio host charged of abusing three women, was acquitted of four counts of sexual assault on March 24. He won’t celebrate just yet, because Jian’s back in court for another sexual assault trial in June.
Jian Ghomeshi, 48, is a free man – for now. The former CBC personality, accused of sexually assaulting multiple men and women, was found not guilty of attacking three women, including choking a famous television actress!
Justice William B. Horkins of the Ontario Court of Justice read off the “Not Guilty” verdict on March 24, according to The Globe And Mail. Jian was cleared of four counts of sexual assault and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking. Jian was accused of sexually assaulting and physically abusing three women from 2002 and 2003, including Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere, according to the Toronto Sun.
“He did take me by the throat and press me against the wall and choke me,” Lucy said in 2014. She, along with the other two women, testified during the trial, but Justice Horkins pointed out to inconsistencies in their stories that ultimately raised the issue of reasonable doubt.
The former CBC radio host was arrested in 2014 for these charges. In total, nine women and one man have claimed they were choked, hit or sexually harassed by Jian. These allegations left the CBC little choice but to fire him in 2014. Heather Conway, CBC’s executive vice-president of English services at the time, said they discovered “graphic evidence that Jian had caused physical injury to a woman.”
— Global News Toronto (@globalnewsto) March 24, 2016
While Jian was found not guilty on these charges, the disgraced host is still in some legal hot water. He’s headed to jail for another sexual assault accusation. Jian allegedly groped the butt of former CBC employee, according to The Guardian, while saying “I want to hate-f*ck you.”
Prior to the scandal, Jian was a celebrated CBC personality, one of the few to gain an international following. He was the drummer of the folk-pop band Moxy Fruvous and hosted the CBC Newsworld TV show >Play, The National Playlist on CBC Radio One and the CBC radio arts magazine show, Q. The CBC apologized in 2015 after a report accused them of covering up Jian’s behavior to protect the popular host.
What do you think about the verdict, HollywoodLifers?