Radio host Jian Ghomeshi fired from CBC over sex allegations

Jian-Ghomeshi-creditOne of the CBC’s best-known radio hosts, Jian Ghomeshi, was abruptly fired this weekend after the national public broadcaster was given “information” regarding the now former Q radio host. Ghomeshi wrote a post on Facebook providing details as to why he was let go: “I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer.”

He went into detail about a relationship he had with a woman in her mid-20s, with whom he engaged in sexual activities, including “role-play, dominance and submission,” all of which he says was consensual. He went on to say his “sexual preference” is part of his private life, which should not be grounds for expulsion.

An article in The Toronto Star reports that three women approached the newspaper about being physically and verbally abused during and after sex with Ghomeshi, and a co-worker told The Star he sexually harassed her. She made a complaint to her union, but after a Q producer spoke with her, no further action was taken and she left the company shortly after. When The Star approached Ghomeshi about the allegations, his lawyer responded in an email, saying the former host “does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory.”

Ghomeshi has filed a lawsuit against the CBC for $50 million due to a “breach of confidence and bad faith.” A spokesperson for the CBC says information obtained by the broadcaster “precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian Ghomeshi.”

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  1. mitch • October 28, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

    50 Shades of CBC?

  2. Chris • October 28, 2014 @ 1:58 PM

    Hes right, that’s no reason to be fired. Its his private life and the sex.. as odd as some people may think it is.. was consensual… This has nothing to do with his work.

  3. NAT • October 28, 2014 @ 2:06 PM

    what a joke !!! his personal life is nobody’s business unless of course he did something wrong. none of us knows the real truth ! but if he just has kinky sex and nothing more. than people (CBC) and others need to mind there own business. good for him for suing CBC! since they lost hokey night in Canada they have been skrewing everyone and losing a lot of viewership at an alarming rate. say bye bye to CBC in the next 5 to 8 years. shame on them.

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