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Embattled Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi faces three new criminal charges of sexual assault after three more accusers stepped forward.
The new counts, unveiled during a Toronto court hearing Thursday, at which Ghomeshi appeared according to CTV News, bring the number of charges he now faces to eight. Ghomeshi in November, 2014, was initially arrested and charged on four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance, or choking.
He was then released on bail amid a continuing police investigation into women coming forward with claims of sexual assault and sexual abuse, including unwanted beatings, during dates with Ghomeshi. The disgraced Canadian media personality was fired by the CBC on Oct. 26, 2014, amid a media storm, after he presented evidence to the pubcaster, thought to be texts, emails and videos, to prove he had engaged in aggressive sexual relations with consenting partners.
CBC execs thought otherwise, concluded they had seen “graphic evidence” of physical harm done to an unidentified woman, and dismissed Ghomeshi. Toronto criminal lawyer Marie Henein, who is representing Ghomeshi, has said he will plead not guilty to the criminal charges.
Ghomeshi’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 4.
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Thomas Brodie Sangster