01/08/2015 09:24 EST | Updated 03/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Jian Ghomeshi faces 3 new sexual assault charges

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is facing three new charges of sexual assault from three female complainants who had not come forward previously, CBC News has learned. 

The news of the latest charges came Thursday morning. 

Ghomeshi was in court for what was expected to be the setting of a date for a preliminary inquiry on previous sexual assault and choking charges.

In addition to the latest charges, Ghomeshi faces four sexual-assault counts and one charge of overcoming resistance by choking.

The former host of the arts and culture show Q was fired in October after CBC executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman.

Ghomeshi has denied taking part in any violent, non-consensual sexual acts.

In November, Ghomeshi's lawyer, Marie Henein, said he would plead not guilty and address the allegations against him "fully and directly in a courtroom."

CBC has hired employment lawyer Janice Rubin to conduct an investigation into the corporation’s handling of the allegations against Ghomeshi.