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article imagePolice launch assault investigation into Jian Ghomeshi

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 1, 2014 in Crime
It now appears that three of the nine women who have said they were attacked by Jian Ghomeshi have come forward and complained to Toronto police. The police have launched an investigation into the former CBC radio host.
Ghomeshi investigation in "infancy"
Toronto police Sex Crimes Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins told media at a press conference on Saturday that the investigation has begun but that it is in its "infancy." The police are investigating Mr. Ghomeshi for "assault and sexual assault."
None of the mounting allegations against the 47-year-old have been proven but the story has turned from an 'entertainment' story about a popular broadcaster let go by the CBC, to a 'crime' story about allegations of acts of violence.
Mr. Ghomeshi denies he attacked women and in a lengthy Facebook post he wrote that he only engaged in acts that his partners consented to. At least nine women report being punched, slapped, choked and otherwise abused; they say they did not consent to his alleged actions.
He was the host of Q, a popular CBC Radio program that was also syndicated in the U.S.
Police ask for women to come forward
Insp. Beaven-Desjardins called for anyone with evidence such as video or for any other women with complaints to come forward, though she stressed that coming forward did not mean having to file a formal complaint.
"Even if they don't want to report but they want to talk to us, we welcome that," Insp. Beaven-Desjardins said.
The name of one of the three who have come forward to file a complaint with police is actress Lucy DeCoutere. The other two are believed to be among the nine women who say they were attacked and who have been spoken to, and included in stories, published in the Toronto Star. Other than DeCoutere, the only other woman known to have allowed herself to be identified as an alleged victim is lawyer and author Reva Seth.
The police said they have not yet spoken with Mr. Ghomeshi but that they will be reaching out to him. He has not make any comment on this latest development but wrote in a brief Facebook post two days ago that he would meet any allegations made against him "directly."
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