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Canadian Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Jian Ghomeshi, one of the best-known radio hosts in Canada, was arrested on Wednesday by Toronto police and charged with sexual assault.

The arrest comes one month after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) fired Ghomeshi, saying that managers had viewed “graphic evidence” that he had injured a woman, the New York Times reported. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/world/americas/jian-ghomeshi-canadian-radio-host-charged-with-sexual-assault.html?_r=0

A Star investigation found that Ghomeshi showed CBC executives a video showing bruises on the torso of a woman he dated, and text messages referring to a cracked rib. A source said he showed it as an example of how rough but consensual sex can cause bruising, The Star reported.

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Mr. Ghomeshi would not have shared information about his private life with the CBC had he appreciated that CBC would ultimately use the information provided to it to terminate his employment.

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Ghomeshi was removed from his position as host of “Q,” an arts and entertainment program on CBC’s main radio network, in late October. Several women came forward and said they were physically and sexually assaulted by Ghomeshi but feared coming forward.

At least three women are believed to have made a formal complaint to the Toronto police. Police said Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance through choking.

One of the women was Lucy DeCoutere, an actress and the star of the comedy Trailer Park Boys. She said she met Ghomeshi at a television festival in 2003 and later at his home. She said Ghomeshi pushed her against a wall, choked her and slapped her.

Ghomeshi appeared in court on Wednesday and was released on bail of 100,000 Canadian dollars, or $89,000. The arrest comes just days after Ghomeshi announced he was dropping his C$55 million lawsuit against CBC, which will leave him with C$18,000 in legal fees. He has reportedly filed a grievance through his union, the Guardian reported.

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