Which initially seems like an incredible statement to someone like me, who is almost always believed by default when he chooses to speak up about something.
When news broke on Friday that Jian Ghomeshi, one of CBC’s biggest personalities, was taking a leave for unspecified “personal reasons”, it seemed suspicious.
She says he demanded that she kneel, then hit her repeatedly about the head while she stared up in shock.
She asked him about bruising, and he laughed and replied that he knew how to hit her so there wouldn’t be any.
I’m not an expert in employment law, human sexuality or most other fields, so I’ll try to link to experts where possible.
The two parties involved might even be telling the truth as they remember it.
Jian Ghomeshi, a former radio host for Canadian broadcaster CBC, was found not guilty of all sexual assault charges Thursday.
Now four more women have come forward, accusing Ghomeshi of sexually abusive behavior dating back as far as 2002 in a Toronto Star article released Wednesday. While most of the women have asked to remain anonymous, Canadian television actress Lucy De Coutere (who plays Lucy on Trailer Park Boys) agreed to have her name used in the article, saying that in 2003 Ghomeshi choked her so hard she couldn’t breathe and slapped her hard on the head three times. When she knelt to pick them up, he choked her from behind and struck her across the head.
He demanded that she stand, and he marched her up the stairs into her friend’s empty dorm room.
“At the end of this trial, a reasonable doubt exists because it is impossible to determine, with any acceptable degree of certainty or comfort, what is true and what is false,” Judge Horkins said.