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article imageJian Ghomeshi in custody, charged with sexual assault and choking

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 26, 2014 in Crime
Toronto police announced this morning that former Canadian radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. The maximum penalty Ghomeshi could receive if found guilty is life imprisonment.
The actual wording of the choking charge is "overcome resistance - choking" and that offence in Canada's criminal code is articulated as to “render another person insensible, unconscious or incapable of resistance."
The 47-year-old Ghomeshi has been taken into custody. This is the statement released by Toronto police at 10:35 Wednesday morning:
On Friday, October 31, 2014, Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes started an investigation into several allegations of sexual assault.
On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Jian Ghomeshi, 47, of Toronto, surrendered to police. He was charged with:
1) four counts of Sexual Assault
2) Overcome Resistance - Choking
He is scheduled to appear in court early this afternoon. We will notify the media of the court location well in advance of the appearance.
Ghomeshi claimed actions consensual
The former host of the CBC radio program the 'Q' was fired by the broadcaster Oct. 26 after they viewed a video he had brought to them in which a woman was, CBC brass said, injured. In response to his firing, in a Facebook posting Mr. Ghomeshi framed his actions in the video as simply consensual "rough sex."
In the days following those events women began coming forward, at first just to media, in particular the Toronto Star, with accusations of non-consensual attacks upon them. At least three of the women, including the Canadian actress and army reservist officer, Lucy DeCoutere, went to the Toronto police with their charges.
Since posting in late October that he would deal with accusations made against him "directly" Mr. Ghomeshi has not made a public statement. He did hire high-profile lawyer Marie Henein.
Yesterday, he dropped his $55 million lawsuit against the CBC and in doing so agreed to pay $18,000 for their costs. With regard today's developments, CBC lawyer Chuck Thompson said the broadcaster did not comment on criminal investigations.
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