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‘I hope that I can find forgiveness:’ Read Jian Ghomeshi’s apology

‘I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately’


 
Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi leaves court after signing a peace bond with his sister Jila, right, and his lawyer Marie Henein, left, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Mark Blinch/CP)

Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi leaves court after signing a peace bond with his sister Jila, right, and his lawyer Marie Henein, left, in Toronto, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. (Mark Blinch/CP)

TORONTO – Former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi apologized in court Wednesday to a former colleague who had accused him of sexually assaulting her at work. The charge of sexual assault — which he had pleaded not guilty to — was withdrawn and he signed a peace bond. His lawyer said the resolution of the case was not an admission. Here is the text of Ghomeshi’s apology:


I apologize to Ms. (Kathryn) Borel for my behaviour towards her in the workplace. In the last 18 months, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on this incident and the difficulties I caused Ms. Borel and I have had to come to terms with my own deep regret and embarrassment.

I enjoyed a position of privilege in my job at the CBC as the host of a program I loved. I was a person in a position of authority and leadership and I did not show the respect that I should have to Ms. Borel. I did not always lead by example and I failed to understand and truly appreciate the impact of my conduct on Ms. Borel’s work environment. That conduct in the workplace was sexually inappropriate. I realize that there is no way for me to know the full impact on her personally and professionally.

I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately. A workplace should not have any sexualized tone. I failed to understand how my words and actions would put a coworker who was younger than me, and in a junior position to mine, in an uncomfortable place. I did not appreciate the damage that I caused and I recognize that no workplace friendship or creative environment excuses this sort of behaviour, especially when there is a power imbalance as there was with Ms. Borel. This incident was thoughtless and I was insensitive to her perspective and how demeaning my conduct was towards her. I understand this now. This is a challenging business to be in and I did not need to make it more difficult for Ms. Borel. The past 18 months have been an education for me. I have reflected deeply and have been working hard to address the attitudes that led me, at the time, to think this was acceptable.

I apologize to my family for letting them down and in particular for the impact that all of this has had on my dear mother and my sister. I apologize for the burden my actions have placed on those dear friends who have stood by me throughout this difficult time. I regret my behaviour at work with all of my heart and I hope that I can find forgiveness from those for whom my actions took such a toll.


 

‘I hope that I can find forgiveness:’ Read Jian Ghomeshi’s apology

  1. This from a graduate of the York University womens’ studies program, which means it is the most dishonest apology ever. One cannot graduate from a womens’ studies program without being well versed in the issues of power imbalance and consent and appropriate behavior.

  2. It is truly amazing how many commentators don’t accept that Ghomeshi is admitting that his colleague is telling the truth about what occurred at the CBC. It doesn’t matter if she was vulgar or what she said because he was in power and the corporation let him harass her with impunity despite her complaints. No one asks to have a man who is her boss grind his pelvis into her derriere enacting the sex act while at work and then goes and makes three complaints to HR as well as complaints to her supervisor, only to told that she has to let him do whatever he wants to her because he is a star. No man goes to 60 hours of counselling to get to a place where he understands that the reason he got away with such unapproprite behavior is due an imbalance of power. What happened is not different that a certain basket ball star bending a hotel employee over a chair and raping her and then suddenly coming to the conclusion that she did in fact say “no”. However, his wife forgave him and fans did to. All it took was a big ring on the part of his wife and a lot of baskets and games won on the part of his fans. What world do we live in? This isn’t a third world country where women are beaten and killed because they get raped or is it? It really is getting hard to see the difference.

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