Today (March 24) saw disgraced former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi face a not guilty ruling over allegations of sexual assault and choking. The entire trial has started an international debate about sexual injustice and the legal system. Up next, actress, writer and producer Zoe Kazan has weighed in on her own experiences with Jian Ghomeshi.
Taking to Twitter, Kazan recalled an uncomfortable encounter that she had with Ghomeshi while appearing on Q in 2013.
She says that Ghomeshi hit on her moments after meeting her, saying that she was "just his type" for being "funny" and "sexy" with "just the right amount of damage."
Later, Kazan says Ghomeshi showed up at a party and would not leave her alone. Read her full account below.
Not that I need personal experience to believe the women accusing Jian Ghomeshi, but let me say this: in 2013, Ghomeshi interviewed me (1/5)— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016
Before we went on air, he told me I was "just his type." "Funny, sexy, just the right amount of damage," he said (after talking abt 3 mins).— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016
This within the context of a professional interview, with producers in the room. I was shaken, but tried to hide it. Gotta be game, right?— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016
Later he showed up @ party I was at & wdnt leave me alone. His unwanted attention made me feel like I'd "asked for it." I felt dirty & sad.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016
I think of the way he made me feel, without ever laying a hand on me, and I tremble with rage for the women who were denied justice today.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016
This behavior is insidious, but so is a culture that condones it, by turning a blind eye, or shaming the victim. We internalize these mores.— zoe kazan (@zoeinthecities) March 24, 2016