Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kathryn Borel's Public Statement after Jian Ghomeshi Signed Peace Bond

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kathryn Borel's Public Statement after Jian Ghomeshi Signed Peace Bond

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Ghomeshi's accuser in her own words


TORONTO - Kathryn Borel, a former CBC employee who accused Jian Ghomeshi of sexual assault, made a public statement after her case concluded with the former radio star making an apology in court and signing a peace bond. A charge of sexual assault -- which Ghomeshi had pleaded not guilty to -- was withdrawn. Judge Timothy Lipson said the fact Ghomeshi signed a peace bond "does not amount to an admission of guilt on his part to any criminal offence." Ghomeshi was acquitted in March on charges of sexual assault and choking involving three different complainants.

This is what Borel said Wednesday:


Hi everyone. Thanks for coming out and listening. My name is Kathryn Borel. In December of 2014, I pressed sexual assault charges against Jian Ghomeshi. As you know, Mr. Ghomeshi initially denied all the charges that were brought against him. But today, as you just heard, Jian Ghomeshi admitted wrongdoing and apologized to me.

It's unfortunate, but maybe not surprising, that he chose not to say much about what exactly he was apologizing for. I'm going to provide those details for you now.

Every day, over the course of a three-year period, Mr. Ghomeshi made it clear to me that he could do what he wanted to me and my body.

He made it clear that he could humiliate me repeatedly and walk away with impunity. There are at least three documented incidents of physical touching. This includes the one charge he just apologized for, when he came up behind me while I was standing near my desk, put his hands on my hips, and rammed his pelvis against my backside over and over, simulating sexual intercourse. Throughout the time that I worked with him, he framed his actions with near daily verbal assaults and emotional manipulations. These inferences felt like threats, or declarations like I deserved to have happening to me what was happening to me. It became very difficult for me to trust what I was feeling.

Up until recently, I didn't even internalize that what he was doing to my body was sexual assault. Because when I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that yes, he could do this, and yes, it was my job to let him. …

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