Cross-examination to continue at Jian Ghomeshi trial

TORONTO - A woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Jian Ghomeshi will be back on the witness stand today as the trial of the disgraced former broadcaster continues.

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Ghomeshi, who used to host CBC Radio's popular culture show "Q," has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault - two of which relate to the woman who is testifying - and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

Yesterday, the woman told Ghomeshi's judge alone trial that the 48-year-old seemed like a charming gentleman who abruptly would turn violent.

She told the court Ghomeshi once yanked hard on her hair without warning when they were kissing in his car, and on another night a few weeks later, started suddenly punching her in the head while they were kissing in his living room.

The woman, who cannot be identified, says she didn't go to police when the alleged incidents took place in December 2002 and January 2003 because she didn't think anyone would listen.

Ghomeshi's defence lawyer tried to poke holes in the woman's testimony, however, highlighting inconsistencies between what she told police and what she said in court.

Marie Henein accused the woman of, at best, failing to remember important details of what she said happened, or, at worst, of making up some of her story.

The woman responded by repeatedly insisting she did not lie, but may not have correctly recalled certain peripheral points of her interaction with Ghomeshi.

Ghomeshi, who has been out on bail since being charged in November 2014, maintained a serious look throughout the first day of his highly-anticipated trial and watched Henein intently as she conducted her cross-examination.


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