Published Oct 31, 2014In addition to being the former host of the CBC show Q, Jian Ghomeshi is also known for his role in the now-defunct quirk-folk band Moxy Früvous. With Ghomeshi facing allegations of violent assault from nine women, his former bandmates in the '90s Canadian group have issued a statement denouncing his behaviour.
In an email to Globe and Mail, musicians Mike Ford, Murray Foster and David Matheson had to following to say about Ghomeshi:
As former colleagues of Jian (our last show was in 2000), we are sickened and saddened by this week's news. We had no inkling that Jian engaged in this type of behaviour. We abhor the idea of a sexual relationship of any sort being entered into without full consent from both parties and condemn violence against women in any form. We wish only health and healing to everyone involved.
The members of Moxy Früvous are hardly the first Canadian musicians to speak out against Ghomeshi. A petition has emerged voicing support for his accusers, with signees including Owen Pallett, Fucked Up, members of Constantines (Bry Webb and Steve Lambke), Katie Stelmanis of Austra, Geoff Berner, Jennifer Castle, Simone Schmidt of Fiver and One Hundred Dollars, and others.
Update: This is now a legal matter. Two women have come forward with official complaints, and the Toronto Police have begun a criminal investigation. A spokesman has confirmed that an investigation is underway, but no further details have been given.
Yesterday (October 30), Ghomeshi wrote a Facebook message to say, "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." Certainly, he has a whole lot of explaining to do at this point.
Meanwhile, Ghomeshi has been dropped as a client by crisis management specialists Navigator, longtime PR firm rock-it promotions, and live bookers the Agency Group.