Former Q radio host Jian Ghomeshi, the Canadian media personality fired from the CBC last fall after accusations of sexual assault surfaced in a Toronto newspaper, pleaded not guilty to five charges today in a Toronto court, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
The 48-year-old’s trial begins Feb. 1, 2016, and will be by judge only. A sixth charge of overcoming resistance by choking will be tried separately on June 6, 2016.
In May, two additional charges were dropped because Crown attorney Michael Callaghan said it had “determined there is no reasonable prospect of conviction,” the Globe and Mail reported, adding that Callaghan said: “We wish to be abundantly clear, this determination is not a reflection of the truthfulness or credibility of the witnesses, but rather a determination that the specific allegations would not meet the legal burden of proof.”
Ghomeshi was fired last October after the radio host showed his bosses at the CBC graphic evidence of a women with injuries that he said were inflicted by him during consensual rough sex. He allegedly believed it would absolve him of any wrongdoing, but the CBC executives felt otherwise.
The charges for which he will stand trail are for alleged assaults that took place between 2002 and 2008.
Ghomeshi is out on $100,000 with the condition that he live with his mother. He is represented by Marie Henein ar Henein Hutchinson LLP. Billboard has reached out to both representatives, Henein and the Crown’s Callaghan, by email but has not yet received a response.