Toronto is the scene today where the trial of former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi will begin.
Ghomeshi formerly hosted CBC Radio’s popular culture show “Q” . He has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking and always denied any wrongdoing and claimed his sexual relations were consensual. He will be tried by judge alone.
The Ghomeshi story originally came to public view in October 2014, when the CBC said he was taking time off from his duties “to deal with some personal issues,” but then cut ties with him within days saying that they decided to terminate him after seeing “graphic evidence” that he had physically hurt a woman.
Enter Facebook, where Ghomeshi took to writing his thoughts saying that he engaged in “rough sex” but consensual sex.
One month after the CBC announced his firing, Ghomeshi turned himself in to police to face multiple charges.
In addition to the charges he goes on trial for today, Ghomeshi is facing one other count of sexual assault that will be tried separately in June with some of the alleged assaults dating back as far as 2002.
If convicted of sexual assault, Ghomeshi faces a maximum sentence of 18 months behind bars. If convicted of the choking charge, he faces a potential sentence of life in jail.
SOURCES: Woochit, YouTube (VIDEO FROM NOV 26, 2014)
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