Jian Ghomeshi arrested, charged with multiple counts of sexual assault

The former radio host surrendered to police and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday

By Jenny Kutner
Published November 26, 2014 4:06PM (EST)
Jian Ghomeshi            (Reuters/Mark Blinch)
Jian Ghomeshi (Reuters/Mark Blinch)

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested on Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault, as well as one count of overcome resistance - choking. Police confirmed that Ghomeshi surrendered following an investigation that began Oct. 31, and is scheduled to appear in court later this afternoon.

Ghomeshi was fired days before the investigation began last month, after he reportedly showed several CBC executives images of bruising on the body of a former romantic partner. Nearly a dozen women have come forward with similar allegations of abuse by the host, including choking, slapping, hair-pulling and abusive language, much of which occurred during sexual encounters without consent. On Tuesday, Ghomeshi withdrew a $55 million lawsuit against the CBC, to which he still reportedly owes $18,000.

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