How big are Jian Ghomeshi’s legal bills going to be?

Jian Ghomeshi must have put a few bucks in the bank from his days in the indie rock band Moxy Früvous, and later as a star CBC radio host.

You need deep pockets to pay for the high-powered legal help he has in Marie Henein for his ongoing trial involving four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

Some estimates say that Ghomeshi’s final bill could go well over half a million dollars.


 

For tomorrow… Ghomeshi trial: Judge agrees to look at evidence from new witness

TORONTO — The judge at Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial agreed Tuesday to look at evidence from one final witness the Crown wanted to call in the closely watched case.

Crown lawyer Michael Callaghan told court the witness would corroborate allegations made at the trial by Lucy DeCoutere, one of the three women who have accused the former broadcaster of sexual assault.

DeCoutere, known for her role on “Trailer Park Boys,” testified last week that Ghomeshi choked her and repeatedly slapped her while they were kissing in his bedroom in the summer of 2003.

Callaghan said the new witness — whose identity is protected by a publication ban — would put to rest allegations that DeCoutere fabricated the story to win notoriety and fame.

Ghomeshi’s defence team, however, opposed calling the witness, saying DeCoutere’s cross-examination showed the “the breadth and scope” of her dishonesty.

After weighing both arguments, Justice William Horkins ruled that the safest course was for him to hear the witness’ evidence and then determine “any probative value it may have.”

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