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article imageNew Jian Ghomeshi Facebook post thanks his supporters

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 30, 2014 in Entertainment
As a slew of damaging allegations against Jian Ghomeshi continue to come in, the former CBC radio host has responded with a second posting on Facebook. This one is shorter as he simply thanked his supporters and said he would meet the allegations head on
"I want to thank you for your support and assure you that I intend to meet these allegations directly," Mr. Ghomeshi wrote. "I don’t intend to discuss this matter any further with the media." This posting is considerably smaller and less detailed than his original posting on Sunday, in which he framed the accusations, which had not then been published, as false and said his habits were consensual parts of a BDSM culture.
In a Toronto Star story published Sunday, the first to state Ghomeshi has punched and choked women, and otherwise abused them, Star reporter Kevin Donovan, along with freelance journalist Jesse Brown, said they had spoken with four women who maintained Mr. Ghomeshi had "struck them with a closed fist or open hand; bit them; choked them until they almost passed out; covered their nose and mouth so that they had difficulty breathing..."
On Wednesday the number of women claiming to have been attacked by him rose to eight and the Star published another story, more detailed, on their allegations. This story detailed each one's experience with the 47-year-old, from meeting him to the scene or scenes in which they were struck, choked and otherwise attacked by him. One of these incidents took place 12 years ago, others within the past two years.
In the original Sunday Star story, none of the four women were named. In the second story of the eight women (four from the original story, four new accusers), one, actress Lucy DeCoutere of the series Trailer Park Boys allowed her name to be used. Ms. DeCoutere told the Star he hit her on the head three times and choked her until she couldn't breath.
"He did not ask if I was into it," DeCoutere said. "It was never a question. It was shocking to me. The men I have spent time with are loving people." Ms. DeCoutere, also a captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force in New Brunswick, told the CBC in an interview that on the weekend he attacked her she saw him twice more but he did not mention the incident either time.
One of these eight woman spoke to journalist Carol Off on CBC radio's 'As It Happens' on Wednesday. This woman, not identified, detailed an encounter with Ghomeshi 12 years ago in which she said he punched her repeatedly in the face with no warning he would do so; she said when she began to cry he told her she'd better leave.
As the story continues to unfold, the Huffington Post reports Mr. Ghomeshi is losing followers on Facebook at the rate of some 500 each hour.
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