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article imageJian Ghomeshi withdraws CBC lawsuit, must pay costs

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Embattled former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is back in the news today as he did what many said last month he would do - he withdrew his $55 million lawsuit against the broadcaster. He launched the suit the day following his firing on Oct. 26.
His lawyers and CBC lawyers worked out a deal to end the lawsuit but it's not a profitable one for the former host of the 'Q' radio program. CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson confirmed that it was over with, and over with in favor of the CBC, who had asked the court to dismiss the "frivolous" suit.
“The suit is being withdrawn with costs in favour of CBC,” Thompson said. “He’s getting nothing.” Thompson put the figure that Ghomeshi will have to pay his former employer to make up their legal costs at about $18,000.
In October, Ghomeshi, responding to information the CBC had been given, showed his former-employers a video he said showed he liked "rough sex." A woman was injured in the video.
The CBC found the conduct in the video unpalatable and though Ghomeshi said it was consensual, he was fired. The CBC's head of English language programing, Heather Conway, later said that her "expectations of the behaviour of the people at the CBC and people who represent it is much higher than the low bar of legal consent.”
He responded with the lawsuit and by filing a grievance with his union over his firing. That grievance is still active and Thompson said it "still needs to unfold."
Revolving around all of this is the fact that some nine women have spoken to media, and or police, about violent experiences they had with Ghomeshi, most saying that, without their consent, he both punched and choked them. At least three of those women have taken their stories to Toronto police, who are investigating.
Mr. Ghomeshi has not been charged with anything and it is unknown if he has spoken to the police. None of the allegations against him have been proven.
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