Ghomeshi Facing Five Criminal Charges

(TORONTO, ON) – On October 31, Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes started an investigation into several allegations of sexual assault. On Wednesday this week, Jian Ghomeshi, 47 of Toronto, surrendered to police.

He was charged with four counts of Sexual Assault and one count of Overcome Resistance – Choking.

He appeared in court early yesterday afternoon and was released with condition on $100,000 bail. Part of the conditions were to surrender his passport, not to leave Ontario, and he is to live with his mother, who was in court and acted as his surety.

Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, indicated he would plead not guilty to the charges.

From 1990 to 2000 Ghomeshi was a member of the Thornhill-based folk-pop band Moxy Früvous and, until his dismissal by the CBC, host of the radio program Q. On Tuesday, it was reported that he had dropped an $55 million lawsuit, but will pursue a grievance against the CBC through the union.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex, and penetration. None of the charges against Ghomeshi have been tested in court.

Toronto Police are continuing to investigate and Chief Bill Blair is encouraging any other victims to contact police. Nine women have come forward to date.

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