Published Oct 30, 2014The harrowing Jian Ghomeshi scandal rages on. The former CBC radio host now faces accusations of violent abuse from eight women, including Trailer Park Boys actress Lucy DeCoutere. Ghomeshi has now promised to speak out against the allegations, but he'll have to do so without crisis management specialists Navigator and longtime PR firm rock-it promotions, since he's been dropped as a client.
UPDATE: A ninth accuser has now come forward. Author and lawyer Reva Seth wrote a blog post for the Huffington Post detailing her experience with Ghomeshi in 2002. Seth wrote that, following a few casual get-togethers, Ghomeshi "became a different person. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated."
The full account of the attack is definitely not for the faint of heart, and it involves violence and sexual assault. Read Seth's blog post here.
Today (October 30), Navigator announced that it had dropped Ghomeshi with the following statement:
"In response to numerous media requests, Navigator confirms it does not advise Jian Ghomeshi. Regrettably, the circumstances of our engagement have changed and we are no longer able to continue. No further comment will be issued."
As for rock-it promotions, they made a similar announcement, tweeting the following:
UPDATE 2: The Agency Group, which also worked with Ghomeshi, dropped him as a client as well on Friday (October 31).
Going forward, rock-it promotions will no longer be representing Jian Ghomeshi. We won't be responding to or receiving media requests.— rock-it promotions (@rockitpromo) October 30, 2014
Meanwhile, Ghomeshi made a brief statement on Facebook, promising to address the allegations. He wrote, "I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly. I don't intend to discuss this matter any further with the media."
Judging by the comments on the post, the fan support the host enjoyed at the beginning of this scandal has diminished significantly.
Speaking of which, this realtime graph shows just how fast Ghomeshi's Facebook following is plummeting.
As for the CBC, it has announced that there will be a third-party investigation regarding Ghomeshi. Counsellors will be available to employees.