New revelations emerged in the case of radio host Jian Ghomeshi Wednesday, sparking strong and immediate reaction from listeners who tuned into a CBC radio interview with a woman who says Ghomeshi hit her more than 10 years ago.
Speaking anonymously on CBC's radio show "As It Happens," the woman told interviewer Carol Off that Ghomeshi hit her with a closed fist, repeatedly — and unexpectedly — in the head while they were on a second date. She never went to the police or pressed charges, saying "it's too difficult to prove."
The assault took her completely by surprise, and the woman says Ghomeshi did not discuss permission for any of his actions prior to hitting her.
"There was nothing to prepare me for this" - woman says about Ghomeshi on CBC— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
Why did he stop? "Probably because of my tears... why did he start without asking?" http://t.co/YImPzFfx1m— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
The woman went on to say she has never been able to forget the experience, due to Ghomeshi's public presence.
1. "I couldn't just forget about it. I was constantly reminded ... My husband knows about it, but every time we hear Jian ..."— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
2. "... On television or commercials for CBC I have to turn it off quickly, because I can never look at him without thinking of this."— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
3. "... I can't understand why this man who he's such a great TV personality and radio personality, has this dark, dark side to him..."— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
4. "...And it's been hard, because I've had to suppress it and just put it down to some bad experience."— Michael Bolen (@MichaelBolen) October 29, 2014
Ghomeshi, who parted ways with the CBC over the weekend, explained on Facebook his leaving was due to his sex life, particularly his preference for BDSM activities. He then filed a lawsuit against the broadcaster for $55 million. Following that, the Toronto Star released a story with allegations from three women who say he had assaulted them without their permission, and one woman who says he harrassed her sexually while at work.
With so much of this story playing out in social media, it's no surprise many began tweeting their reactions immediately, with this interview shifting the conversation online. But perhaps most importantly, it spoke to a larger issue, that of women being abused and not necessarily heard.
I'm so proud of women. All women. Those who speak, and who fight in silence. I believe their voices, heard or unheard http://t.co/e9FLMkbd5y— Lauren SimMONSTER (@laurendorphin) October 29, 2014
See the reactions from others on Twitter, many of whom began tweeting under the hastag #IBelieveHer.