Ghomeshi sexual assault trial to continue in Toronto

TORONTO - The sexual assault trial of former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi continues today in a Toronto courtroom.

The 48-year-old Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, and one count of overcome resistance by choking.

See Full Article

He acknowledged in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.

Court heard Monday that two of his accusers discussed their allegations of sexual assault against the former broadcaster in thousands of messages they exchanged before and after they went to police.

A woman who testified that Ghomeshi bit her shoulder and put his hands around her neck as they were making out in a Toronto park, initially said that while she was friends with another complainant, they never discussed the specifics of the allegations.

But during cross-examination, Ghomeshi's lawyer said the woman, who can not be identified, exchanged 5,000 messages with "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere, who testified Ghomeshi choked her and repeatedly slapped her.

The woman also said she didn't tell police that she'd had a sexual encounter with Ghomeshi after the alleged assault because she was embarrassed, and acknowledged she was deliberately misleading.

Defence lawyer Marie Henein told court the two women began exchanging messages on Oct. 29, 2014 - the same day DeCoutere went public with her allegations - and continued until September 2015.

Henein then began quoting snippets of conversations between the two women, explaining that in the lead-up to the trial, the woman would "report in" to DeCoutere after any significant exchange with detectives or the Crown.

The lawyer also noted that DeCoutere urged the woman to use her own lawyer and publicist.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Firefighters hindered by unexploded ammunition at New Brunswick military base

    Canada News CTV News
    FREDERICTON -- Unexploded ammunition is hampering efforts to extinguish three fires burning at Canada's second-largest military base. Stephanie Duchesne, spokesperson for the Gagetown base in New Brunswick, says the fires are burning in an area rife with the remnants of decades of soldier training, limiting the base's ability to put out the flames. Source
  • Christie denies making remark about Trump

    World News CTV News
    TRENTON, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday denied making comments attributed to him in a published report that claims he said Donald Trump's "presidency is over" if he doesn't recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis. Source
  • Holy cash: Chase the Ace fundraiser nets $5.8M for Newfoundland parish

    Canada News CTV News
    GOULDS, N.L. -- A Catholic parish in St. John's, N.L., has the enviable task of deciding how to spend a $6 million windfall. St. Kevin's parish, in the Goulds area, made national headlines as its wildly successful Chase the Ace fundraiser lasted more than 44 weeks with ever-increasing jackpots. Source
  • Dishwasher danger: 61,000 models recalled in Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    Health Canada has issued a recall notice for 61,000 dishwashers due to a potential fire hazard. Sold between January 2013 and May 2015, the Bosch, Thermador, Gaggenau, Kenmore and Jenn-Air brand dishwashers all feature power cords that can overheat, posing a potential fire hazard. Source
  • Diabetics' troubles no big deal to Liberals

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    If the Trudeau Liberals want to see diabetes up close and personal, they should visit a hospital where the worst elements of this disease are front and centre. It will not be a pleasant tour. What they will see are a lot of wheelchairs, and people sitting in them who have had their feet lobbed off, and others sitting around them who are going blind. Source
  • Trudeau peacekeeping pledge pitiful as troop deployment hits new low according to new U.N. data

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals may have promised to ramp up Canada’s involvement in peacekeeping, but new UN figures show that Canada had fewer peacekeepers deployed on missions in September than at any point in recent memory — including under the Harper Conservatives. Source
  • Nova Scotia's new cyberbullying legislation 'too cautious,' expert says

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX -- A new Nova Scotia law replacing anti-cyberbullying legislation struck down in the courts two years ago appears to be moving forward unchanged, despite concerns from legal experts who say it will be costly and difficult for victims to use. Source
  • Britain hands over Franklin Expedition wreckage to Canada

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    LONDON — Britain says it will give Canada the two shipwrecks once commanded by John Franklin that lie at the heart of one of this country’s most compelling Arctic myths. The Ministry Of Defence says in a statement it will transfer ownership of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to Parks Canada, but retain a small sample of artifacts. Source
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews block Jerusalem roads in draft protests

    World News CTV News
    JERUSALEM -- Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from a radical sect are again blocking roads in Jerusalem bringing traffic to a standstill and scuffling with police and passers-by. Monday's protest was the latest by the Peleg Yerushalmi group after some of its members were arrested when they did not go through procedures for draft exemptions granted to the ultra-Orthodox community. Source
  • Palestinian group erects Saddam Hussein monument in West Bank

    World News Toronto Sun
    QALQILYA, Palestinian Territory — Palestinian activists have built a monument to the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the West Bank. The monument, showing a portrait of Saddam in a bowler hat and pointing a rifle in the air, was erected last week in the town of Qalqiliya. Source