TORONTO – Police have arrested a prominent former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host on sexual assault charges.
Toronto police said in a statement Wednesday that former CBC star radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of what they called “overcome resistance – choking.”
The allegations, first reported in the media in October, rocked the Canadian public broadcaster, a vaunted Canadian institution.
CBC fired Ghomeshi in October, saying his firing was prompted by the emergence of “graphic” evidence that he had caused physical injury to a person.
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Ghomeshi defended his actions in a 1,500- word statement on Facebook then, saying he had consensual “rough sex” with women and is the victim of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend.