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Prosecutors have dropped two sex assault charges against disgraced Canadian media star Jian Ghomeshi, the Canadian Press newswire service said Tuesday.
That leaves the former CBC radio personality to stand trial on a remaining five charges of sex assault and one charge of choking. Crown prosecutor Mike Callaghan told a Toronto courtroom Tuesday the charges were dropped because there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction, not because any accusers lacked credibility.
“We wish to be abundantly clear this determination is not a reflection of the truthfulness or credibility of any witnesses, but rather a determination that specific allegations would not meet the legal burden of proof,” Callaghan told Justice Rebecca Rutherford, the Canadian Press reported.
Ghomeshi now faces a criminal trial in early 2016 after a police investigation that began when several young women came forward with claims of sexual assault and abuse, including unwanted beatings, during dates with the ex-CBC host.
Ghomeshi remains free on $100,000 bail after being fired by the CBC on Oct. 26, 2014.
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