Poor Big Ears, who knew Ghomeshi was such a jerk?
The CBC fired Ghomeshi outright after first agreeing to let him walk without comment to cause. They claimed the decision was based on “new information” that had come to their attention.
According to Ghomeshi’s statement of claim the CBC and Ghomeshi’s lawyers had worked for some months to craft a strategy designed to counter “untrue allegations”, going so far as to draft press releases in anticipation of the story going public.
No formal complaint against Ghomeshi was ever filed at the CBC. However The Star reported that Ghomeshi harassed a CBC staffer who, after taking the matter up with her union, was offered assistance in making the workplace “less toxic”. That’s as much as we know and I suspect as much as the CBC’s Ghomeshi stick-handlers knew when the article appeared on their radar.
Navigator has dumped Ghomeshi as a client. Rock-It Promotions has also dumped Ghomeshi.
Did “new information” on Ghomeshi’s behavior come to the CBC’s attention or was that “new information” simply the realization that they could not contain the story? Did a moment of clarity cause the CBC to realize their participation in Ghomeshi’s planned PR onslaught to counter the “untrue allegations” makes them appear complicit? Rumours of Ghomeshi’s behavior have evidently circulated for years. Could the CBC possibly claim to never have heard of them?
More… Why I Can’t Remain Silent About What Jian Did to Me
I distinctly remember the jarring sense of suddenly being abruptly shaken out of my reverie. I remember thinking “what the fuck is going on here? What’s wrong with him?” Jian had his hands around my throat, had pulled down my pants and was aggressively and violently digitally penetrating me. When it was over, I got up and it was clear I was really angry. My sexual interactions until then had always been consensual, enjoyable and fun.
I remember he gave me some weird lines about how he couldn’t tell if I was actually attracted to him or not, and somehow this was meant to explain his behaviour. I called a cab and I left right away. In the car, I remember feeling sort of stunned, like I couldn’t wrap my head around what had just happened. He acted like it was all totally normal and came to the door to watch me go down the stairs and get into the cab.
So why didn’t I do anything?
Update: Carleton University looking into allegations against ex-CBC host Jian Ghomeshi
Carleton University is looking into allegations of violence towards women made through an anonymous Twitter account involving students and ex-CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi.
Last April, under the Twitter handle @bigearsteddy, the user posted this message: “Hi there @jianghomeshi. Remember louring me to ur house under false pretences? Bruises dont lie. Signed, every female Carleton U media grad.”
The post has since been retweeted 382 times.
Beth Gorham, manager of public affairs at Carleton, said the university is aware the allegations may include Carleton students and is gathering information about field placements its students have done at CBC Toronto and, in particular, the Q program Ghomeshi hosted.