Elizabeth May has come to the defence of Jian Ghomeshi amid allegations from a number of women that he was violent with them without their consent.
Sunday evening, May sent out a tweet of support in response to a Ghomeshi Facebook post in which the former CBC host says the allegations about him are false, part of a smear campaign by a "jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer."
UPDATE: May posted a statement late Monday afternoon apologizing for her Ghomeshi tweets. She writes that she did not read the Toronto Star's story before writing her tweets and that "Violent attacks on women are not acceptable. Full stop"
"I know Jian in one set of circumstances -- as a friend. I also know that humans are multifaceted. As he grieves the death of his father, the sudden loss of his job and faces a deeply terrible time, all I can offer is my compassion," May writes. "To the anonymous women, I offer you that same compassion and support. This is a tragic story."
May posted the tweet before the Toronto Star published a story detailing the accusations from four women about Ghomeshi. Many users were quick to criticize May for jumping to conclusions without hearing both sides of the story.
Others warned that May might alienate women.
@ElizabethMay You should probably rethink this because there will not be a single woman who will ever politically support you going forward— Marina Tronin (@MarinaTronin) October 27, 2014
But May did not stop there, publishing a flurry of tweets Monday detailing why she is defending Ghomeshi.
@DaraSquires I still have not heard "full story." have you?— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) October 27, 2014
@DaraSquires So why no police charges? In past I know of allegations (unproven) destroying lives. I'd like to have a sense of fairness.— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) October 27, 2014
@Janet_Lunn This is difficult. Very hard to assess truth. Swim coach at UBC was fired, reputation trashed only to find out he was innocent.— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) October 27, 2014
@samanthadaphne No. I asked for time to review posts from today. I am busy in Parliament. As feminist I do not buy into rape culture.— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) October 27, 2014
However, mid-afternoon Monday May signaled that she may not have actually read the details of the allegations against Ghomeshi published by the Star,
@kathodgson I haven't had any chance today to read the competing media stories. Stay tuned.— Elizabeth May MP (@ElizabethMay) October 27, 2014
While we "stay tuned" for further statements, here are some of the most-shared criticisms of May's posts.
Green Party leader @ElizabethMay should get Navigator on the phone. Her comments re: Jian Ghomeshi are appalling.— Andrea Chiu (@andrea_chiu) October 27, 2014
I expected to be disappointed in many people today but never thought @ElizabethMay would top that list. Live and learn.— Jeni Armstrong (@joyandwoe) October 27, 2014
Meanwhile, others tweeted that the debate over May's comments was beside the point.
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