Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Four Counts of Sexual Assault
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Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Four Counts of Sexual Assault

The former CBC radio host is scheduled to appear in court early Wednesday afternoon.

Ghomeshi moderating a Canada Reads panel in 2010  Photo by ardenstreet from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Ghomeshi moderating a Canada Reads panel in 2010. Photo by ardenstreet from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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.

Ghomeshi, 47, has denied the allegations; in a lengthy Facebook post published October 26, he said that he would meet them “head-on,” and claimed that the CBC had fired him due to “the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations.”

His Facebook page and Twitter account have since disappeared. On Tuesday, Ghomeshi dropped a $55-million lawsuit against the CBC in which he alleged defamation and breach of confidence.

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