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.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Only half a million?
    He should be so lucky, but maybe lawyers are paid less in Toronto.

  • Ron MacDonald

    It will cost him more than a million.

  • The Butterfly

    Does he get any of it back if he wins?

  • Physics grad

    Don’t worry, he was given lots of tax payers’ dollars while at the CBC

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      So were Adrienne Clarkson and Michaelle Jean.

  • Xavier

    If he gets off, can he sue for expenses and damages?

    • Hmm I am not sure what recourse hes. Let me check.

    • andycanuck

      I’m sure he’ll be able to beat some damages out of them.

  • Xavier

    If he gets off, can he sue for expenses and damages?

  • DD_Austin

    Guillty , Not guilty makes no differience
    The “trial” itself is the punishment
    and the show, and money buys the verdict

    Stalin would approve of our “progress” on the show trial

  • truthdareisay

    Wondering if his lawyer struck a plea bargain with him.. her fame and fortune becoming more famous and more fortune, so I would say he hired her for a price affordable to him whatever that would be. I would go with just under $ a million. Whatever it was… Ghomeshi will be a free man soon.

  • andycanuck

    Aren’t probative values what got him in trouble in the first place?

  • felis gracilis

    “Your Honour, I’m not a trailer park ditz, I just play one on TV.”

  • Waffle

    I think the ultimate outcome will be a major backlash against the femi-nazis. They can rewrite the dictionary until they’re blue in the face. Credulity has been strained to the breaking point. A “hand job” isn’t sex? Pul-leeze!

    There are no “winners” here. The Crown looks like a horses’ ass. Ghomeshi is finished except perhaps as juicy copy for sleazy tabloids. Lucy and her trailer trash co-conspirators may never get another dinner date. But Marie will certainly have some new additions to her pricey foot locker. She did her job and she did it beautifully. Didn’t even break a sweat as I noted previously.

    The bottom line is: even if one consents to being slapped around, it is meaningless because one cannot consent to an illegal act. This is a theme that runs throughout our laws and applies in a lot of different areas. The Crown failed to demonstrate that such an act did in fact take place — no hospital records, for example. Henein didn’t even have to disprove that such acts took place. All she had to do was cast doubt on the credibility of the witnesses. Were they telling the truth or were they making up fairy tales? So the whole matter of “consent” was a red herring. A trifling matter, smaller than Jian’s dick.

    She aptly demonstrated the value of doing one’s homework, something the Crown failed to do. Incredible woman!

    • marty_p

      If Clinton got away with a BJ isn’t sex …then how can a Hand Job be sex?

  • Brett_McS

    Oh, it’s Crown Lawyer. For some reason I read that as Clown Lawyer.

  • canminuteman

    They are going to be high enough that when he is acquitted, he is going to sue someone to get the money to pay them, and his employer for his old job.

  • Blind Druid

    He’s a freaky little Muzzie rough sex artist alright, but he’s going to get acquitted, because the defence can prove that the complainants corroborated by e-mail in order “To Get Him”. (and money of course – Lucy is back at McDonalds by now) The feminists are madder than hell. They feel betrayed by these wymmin. He will sue everybody once he gets off.

    • David Murrell

      I agree with your points. The trial is a complete, idiotic sham all right — and let’s face it, the CBC fool Ghomeshi is going to get off scott free. But who wants an Iranian CBC woman slapper to be exonerated? The left-wing Muslim might get his “reputation” back as well, in the netherworld of Torono’s rock culture.

  • gxp01

    I don’t get it–why are anime/video game illustrations being used for this whole Ghomeshi trial? lol!