Jian Ghomeshi arrives at court in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo: Todd Korol/Toronto Star via Getty Images)The ministry gave no reason for the change. "All comments that the Crown makes on this matter will be made in open court, on the record," said ministry spokesman Brendan Crawley. "No further comment will be made in the interim."
Second trial about CBC co-workerThe current case, however, appeared to be different inasmuch as there was at least one witness and contemporaneous emails about his impugned behaviour. In November 2014, for example, former CBC employee Roberto Veri said publicly he had seen the behaviour that formed the subject of the current charge against Ghomeshi. "She was leaning over her desk working. He came up behind her and humped her. He drove his pelvis into her buttocks and a big smile on his face," Veri told Canadaland. "These things happened so quickly. I didn't know how the person reacted at the time. I didn't do anything." Ghomeshi pleaded not guilty to the summary sexual assault charge, which carries a maximum 10 years behind bars on conviction.
Jian Ghomeshi leaves the courthouse with lawyer Marie Henein. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)The complainant in the current case cannot be identified by court order. Only actress Lucy DeCoutere, one of the three complainants in the previous case, waived her right to privacy and Linda Redgrave, another of the complainants, waived her anonymity after the trial. In a headline-grabbing case that sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment and misogyny, the CBC fired its star host on Oct. 26, 2014, after seeing what it called "graphic evidence" that he had caused physical injury to a woman. He had previously admitted in a Facebook posting that he engaged in "rough sex" but insisted it was always consensual. The publicity prompted more than a dozen women to come forward with allegations that Ghomeshi sexually or physically assaulted them, including the former CBC employee, leading to the criminal charges against him. Ghomeshi has been out on bail since he was charged.
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