The former Q host appeared in court today on sexual assault charges.
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.
The CBC also issued a statement:
We understand that none of the charges involve employees or former employees of the CBC, and, as is typical, we will make no comments about charges that are now before the courts.
Earlier today, Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere, the first to come forward with allegations about the former radio host, released the following statement: “The past month has seen a major shift in the conversation about violence against women. It has been an overwhelming and painful time for many people, including myself, but also very inspiring. I hope that victims’ voices continue to be heard and that this is the start of a change that is so desperately needed.”
Ghomeshi will be appearing in court again on January 8.
This post has been updated with statements from Marie Henein and the CBC.