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Two sexual assault charges withdrawn in Jian Ghomeshi case

The former host of CBC Radio’s cultural affairs show Q was originally charged with seven counts of sexual assault


 
File photograph by Cole Garside

File photograph by Cole Garside

TORONTO — Two sexual assault charges are being withdrawn in the case against disgraced former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi.

In an appearance today at a Toronto court, a Crown lawyer said the charges were being withdrawn because there was no reasonable prospect of conviction on them.

Ghomeshi, the former host of CBC Radio’s cultural affairs show “Q,” was originally charged with seven counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

He has admitted to engaging in rough sex but said it was consensual.

His lawyer has said he will plead not guilty to all charges.

The CBC fired Ghomeshi, 47, in October after executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman.

The alleged assaults for which he was originally charged occurred between 2002 and 2008.


 
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