Jian Ghomeshi Charged with Four Counts of Sexual Assault
Published Nov 26, 2014Former CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi's fall from grace has been long and public, as multiple women have accused him of sexual and physical abuse over the last two decades. After attempting to counter the allegations with carefully worded social media posts, Ghomeshi has been officially charged with four counts of sexual assault.
A press release from the Toronto Police Service explains that the 47-year-old media personality surrendered to police today (November 26).
Along with being charged with four counts of sexual assault, Ghomeshi faces one charge of overcoming resistance (choking).
The press release indicates that Ghomeshi will appear in court this afternoon. The location has yet to be announced, but media will be notified.
Leading up to the arrest, things were not looking good for Ghomeshi. After being dropped by his publicists and booking company, he just this week withdrew his $55 million lawsuit against the CBC. He's now required to pay them $18,000 in legal fees.
UPDATE: As the National Post reports, Jian Ghomeshi has been released on $100,000 bail under the stipulations that he surrender his passport, remain in Ontario and live with his mother. His lawyer told reporters that Ghomeshi would be pleading not guilty to the charges. He is due back in court on January 8.