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Jian Ghomeshi’s accuser defends her statement to police

Ghomeshi’s lawyer questioned witness about inconsistencies in her testimony.


 

TORONTO – The first witness to testify at Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial began a second day of cross-examination this morning by watching a video of her statement to police.

The woman, who cannot be identified due to a publication ban, then faced a barrage of questions from Ghomeshi’s lawyer, Marie Henein, about inconsistencies in her testimony.

Those include whether Ghomeshi smashed her head against a car window, or whether she was wearing hair extensions at the time of the alleged incident.

The woman has previously said that the former CBC Radio host suddenly yanked her hair as they sat in his car, but now says there was no head smashing.

She has also said that on another date, Ghomeshi pulled her to her knees by her hair and punched her in the head.

The woman chalks up any inconsistencies in her various statements to memory lapses or nerves.

Henein pointed out that the woman initially told police she didn’t know how she ended up on the floor and that things were blurry.

“Do you agree you tell the police it’s kind of blurry, you don’t know how you get on the floor,” she asked the complainant.

She replied: “I was nervous. I was being punched in the head, violently and confused, so that’s where I’m saying I don’t know how I got there. It’s my early nervous statement and I’m still telling you my story to the Crown yesterday was to the best of my ability my recollection.”

As to whether he pushed her or threw her to the floor, she added: “It wasn’t like he was saying ‘here, have a seat.'”

The woman has testified that she didn’t go to police when the alleged incidents took place in December 2002 and January 2003 because she didn’t think anyone would listen.

Ghomeshi, 48, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault — two of which relate to the woman who is testifying — and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.


 

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