Why the Star chose to publish the Jian Ghomeshi allegations… or Why Lawyers Hate Their Clients

Jian Ghomeshi disappeared from CBC

Ghomeshi is disappeared from the CBC

Update 1: Meet Jesse Brown, The Man Who Broke The Explosive Allegations About Jian Ghomeshi

Here’s a link to his podcast discussing the star’s revelations and his own role in breaking this story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t say who penned Ghomeshi’s “Let’s get ahead of this story” Facebook post, though it’s likely a safe bet to assume it was vetted by his lawyers and PR firm. Still for that the Star’s explanation for initially holding back but now publishing the story opens up some serious holes in the Ghomeshi narrative and suggests why the CBC acted as decisively as they did.

Like the BBC’s Jimmy Saville Scandal the fact that there were no “formal” complaints registered with the CBC or elsewhere, as Ghomeshi carefully noted in his post, may point to wishful denial & a fear of retaliation spawned by the halo of celebrity.

Why the Star chose to publish Jian Ghomeshi allegations

Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook statement Sunday night notes that “a major Canadian media publication did due diligence but never printed a story” about what are alleged to be Mr. Ghomeshi’s abusive sexual practices.

This is true. That “major Canadian media publication” was the Star.

Mr. Ghomeshi further wrote “one assumes (the Star) recognized these attempts to recast my sexual behaviour were fabrications.”

The Star began working on this story in May. The Star’s Kevin Donovan interviewed four women who detailed what they said was sexual abuse. None filed police complaints and none would agree to be identified in a story.

Mr. Ghomeshi wrote Sunday night that “I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners.”

The reason The Star did not publish a story at that time was because there was no proof the women’s allegations of non-consensual abusive sex were true or false (And it wasn’t about Rob Ford).

They were so explosive that to print them would have been irresponsible, and would have fallen far short of the Star’s standards of accuracy and fairness.

Here’s the Star Article – CBC fires Jian Ghomeshi over sex allegations

“…The women now accusing Jian Ghomeshi of violence began as his fans. Two had very similar early experiences with him. After Ghomeshi met them at public events, which he had promoted on CBC Radio, he contacted them through Facebook and asked them on dates. They eagerly accepted.

Each woman said she remembers Ghomeshi being initially sweet and flattering, then later suggesting or hinting at violent sex acts. When they failed to respond or expressed displeasure, they recalled Ghomeshi dismissing his remarks as “just fantasies,” reassuring them he wouldn’t ask them to do anything they weren’t comfortable with. The women deny that “safe words” were employed in the relationship.

In one woman’s case, she visited Ghomeshi at his Toronto home and alleges as soon as she walked into his house he suddenly struck her hard with his open hand, then continued to hit her and choked her. The woman alleges Ghomeshi repeatedly beat her about the head and choked her.

The Star’s interviews of the women were lengthy. The women, all educated and employed, said Ghomeshi’s actions shocked them.

Another woman, who described a similar alleged attack, said that in the lead-up to their date Ghomeshi “warned me he would be aggressive.”

“I thought this meant he would want to pull my hair and have rough sex. He reassured me that I wouldn’t be forced. (Later) he attacked me. Choked me. Hit me like I didn’t know men hit women. I submitted.”

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