Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Key Dates in the Case of Disgraced CBC Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Key Dates in the Case of Disgraced CBC Radio Host Jian Ghomeshi

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Key dates in the Jian Ghomeshi case

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TORONTO - The highly anticipated trial of former broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi got underway on Monday. It has been more than a year since allegations against the former CBC Radio host first surfaced. Here are some key dates in his case.

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Oct. 24, 2014: The CBC says Ghomeshi is taking an undetermined amount of time away from the network "to deal with some personal issues." Ghomeshi tweets: "Thanks for all the well wishes, you guys. I'm OK.'' He says he is taking some "much needed personal time" away from the CBC.

Oct. 26, 2014: The CBC announces it has cut ties with Ghomeshi, the host of the radio program "Q'', after receiving "information'' about him. On the same day Ghomeshi issues a lengthy Facebook post saying he has engaged in rough sex, but says it was always consensual. He says he was fired from CBC because of the risk that his sex life would become public ''as a result of a campaign of false allegations.''

Oct. 27, 2014: The Toronto Star publishes a report detailing allegations from three women who say Ghomeshi was physically violent to them without their consent before or during sexual encounters. Ghomeshi -- through his lawyer -- responds that he ''does not engage in non-consensual role play or sex and any suggestion of the contrary is defamatory.'' Ghomeshi files a lawsuit against the CBC alleging breach of confidence, bad faith and defamation and seeking $55 million plus special damages.

Oct. 28, 2014: The CBC issues an internal memo saying it is conducting a "continuing investigation'' into a claim of misconduct against one of its employees. The memo never named Ghomeshi directly, but said it became aware of the claim through a story published in the Toronto Star.

Oct. 29, 2014: CBC current affairs radio show "As it Happens'' airs an interview with an unnamed woman who alleges Ghomeshi punched her repeatedly in the head without warning. The woman said she did not go to police and felt emboldened to come forward after reading the allegations in the Toronto Star. The Star publishes another article, saying eight women now allege abusive behaviour by Ghomeshi. "Trailer Park Boys'' actress Lucy DeCoutere agrees to be identified in connection with her allegations against Ghomeshi. DeCoutere accused Ghomeshi of choking her "to the point she could not breathe'' and slapping her "hard three times on the side of her head.'' The Star said Ghomeshi, his lawyers and public relations staff had not responded to allegations in their latest report.

Oct. 30, 2014: Ghomeshi issues a Facebook post saying that he intends to "meet these allegations directly,'' but adding he will not communicate with the media. The CBC says it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation in the wake of allegations against Ghomeshi. Another woman, who is an author and a lawyer, writes an article for the Huffington Post involving her own allegations of an aggressive, non-consensual encounter with Ghomeshi. …

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