Closing arguments to begin in Jian Ghomeshi trial

TORONTO - Closing arguments are set to begin today at the sexual assault trial of Jian Ghomeshi.

The 48-year-old former CBC Radio host, who has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and choking charges, didn't testify and has maintained his silence ever since being arrested in November 2014.

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In their closing submissions, the Crown and the defence will highlight key evidence heard in court and summarize their arguments for Justice William Horkins, who will decide Ghomeshi's fate.

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

His trial heard from three women who were behind the allegations at the centre of the case.

Ghomeshi's defence lawyer Marie Henein dissected the women's testimony, casting doubts about their credibility and questioning their actions after the alleged sexual assaults, at times accusing them of lying.

The first complainant, whose name is protected by a publication ban, testified that Ghomeshi suddenly yanked on her hair when they were kissing in his car in December 2002 and then, a few days later, abruptly pulled her hair while they were kissing in his home and then punched her in the head.

The second complainant, "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere, told court that she was with Ghomeshi in his bedroom in 2003 when he suddenly pushed her against a wall, started choking her and slapping her face while they were kissing.

The third woman, who also cannot be named, testified that while kissing Ghomeshi in a park in 2003, he suddenly bit her shoulder and started squeezing her neck with her hands.

The Crown also introduced evidence from a fourth and final witness to the trial on Wednesday - a police statement made by DeCoutere's friend and "Trailer Park Boys" co-star Sarah Dunsworth in November 2014.



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