NEWS

Jian Ghomeshi investigation defended by CBC

11/07/2014 03:09 EST | Updated 01/07/2015 05:59 EST
CBC's executive vice-president of English Services Heather Conway is defending management's handling of the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, saying it was not the role of the broadcaster to investigate someone's private sex life.

CBC News chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge sat down with Conway to talk about who knew what and when regarding the Ghomeshi affair, including what changed between the CBC's internal investigation in June to the days leading up to Ghomeshi being fired in October.

"Well, I think what the focus was in June was to assure ourselves that there was nothing in the workplace. And that we had nothing outside of the workplace," Conway said. "So when we did the [human resources] investigation we didn't have a means to investigate, right, we’re not the police."

"So if somebody makes allegations about rumours of somebody’s private sex life, does the employer automatically say, 'I want to start diving into your private life? I want to see everything you have, because of allegations and rumours.' 

"I mean I don’t, to be honest, I don’t have a movie in my head of what rough sex is, right? I hear that, I think 'OK, it’s out of my comfort zone but it is in the realm of a person’s private life.'"

Conway repeated what she said in an email last week, that things shifted after CBC received evidence in October in which it became "an issue not about somebody’s private sex life but about somebody inflicting injury on another human being."

​Ghomeshi has previously said he only participates in sexual activities that are consensual for both partners. He denies wrongdoing and says he will "meet these allegations directly."

More to come

MORE:cbcNews