Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AND NOW IT IS UP TO THE COURTS

His radio star has fallen, now the man whose kinky sex life led to allegations of sexual assault throwing some much over due light on the issue of sexual harassment in our society has been charged with sexual assault. 

Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance - choking. His first public appearance in a month took place in court where the charges were read. He was released on $100,000 bail in  return he agreed to reside with his mother and surrendered his passport.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and his high profile defense lawyer stated “We will defend and respond to these allegations fully and directly in a court of law,” 

At least nine women and one man have claimed they were choked, hit or sexually harassed by Jian. One women alleges he used his teddy bear in the assault. 

Yesterday the CBC announced that  Ghomeshi has reached an agreement with the network to withdraw his $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster. The lawsuit was launched after termination of his employment, alleging defamation and breach of confidence. CBC argued that Ghomeshi’s allegations were frivolous or vexatious. “The suit is being withdrawn with costs in favour of CBC,” said CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson, who said Ghomeshi is expected to pay $18,000 in legal costs to the CBC.

It has been a costly month for the disgraced media personality.  Various organizations and individuals all announced they are parting company with Ghomeshi. Penguin Canada says it will no longer publish his next book, talent management company “The Agency Group” stated it would no longer represent him, and pop singer Lights issued a Facebook statement saying she was dropping Ghomeshi as her manager after 12 years of working together.

The past month has seen a significant amount of exposure towards the issue of  violence against women

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