- Category: Canada News
- Published Monday, February 1, 2016
- CTV News
Jian Ghomeshi has arrived in court, walking into the Toronto building surrounded by a crush of police officers and journalists.
The former host of CBC Radio show "Q" is standing trial at Toronto's Old City Hall courthouse, after pleading not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Ghomeshi has always denied any wrongdoing and claimed his sexual relations were consensual. He will be tried by judge alone.
Ghomeshi arrived in court shortly before 9 a.m. on Monday, accompanied by his lawyers. He was met by a throng of reporters and police officers who followed Ghomeshi up the courthouse steps.
Neither Ghomeshi nor his lawyer spoke as they headed into court.
In addition to the cameras and police officers, Ghomeshi's trial is expected to draw crowds of members of the public to the downtown courthouse. Doors opened early on Monday morning so those lined up outside the building could find seats in the packed courtroom.
Ghomeshi has made headlines since October 2014, when the CBC announced he would be taking time off to "deal with some personal issues." Two days later, the broadcaster announced that Ghomeshi had been terminated.
The company later explained that executives had seen "graphic evidence" that he had injured a woman. The radio host has always maintained that he engaged in "rough sex," but did so consensually.
Since that time, Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault. He also faces another sexual assault charge, which will be tried separately in June.