Jian Ghomeshi appeared at the College Park court Wednesday afternoon, charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. He was released on $100,000 bail—but he won’t be able to leave Canada and will have to live with his mother.
Shortly after the hearing, his lawyer, Marie Henein, made the following statement:
Mr. Ghomeshi will be pleading not guilty. We will address these allegations fully and directly in a courtroom. It is not my practice to litigate my cases in the media—this one will be no different. We will say whatever we have to say in a court of law. We will not be making any further media statements, nor will Jian Ghomeshi be making any further media statements.
Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking, and is scheduled to appear in court early Wednesday afternoon.
The charges come one month after Ghomeshi was dismissed as host of the popular radio program Q—a month during which several women came forward alleging that Ghomeshi had abused them physically and sexually. The Toronto Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit has been investigating the allegations since late October.
Former Q host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped his $55-million lawsuit against the CBC. “The parties have reached a settlement; the lawsuit has been withdrawn but it still needs to be formalized through a court order,” said Chuck Thompson, spokesperson for the CBC. Under the terms of the settlement, Ghomeshi will have to reimburse the CBC for $18,000 in legal costs. The Toronto police are currently investigating allegations of sexual violence made against Ghomeshi: there has been no word from Ghomeshi since he said he would “meet these allegations directly.”