Jian Ghomeshi’s long drawn-out legal ordeal has finally ended after he apologized for his “sexually inappropriate” behaviour against a former CBC employee.
“I now recognize that I crossed boundaries inappropriately,” Ghomeshi said before an open court.
“I enjoyed a position of privilege in my job at the CBC as the host of a program I loved,” he continued, adding that he “did not show the respect that [he] should have” to co-worker and accuser Kathryn Borel.
Borel, a former associate producer on Ghomeshi's show Q, had accused the now-shamed star of grabbing her by the waist while they were at work and pressing himself “back and forth repeatedly into her buttocks.”
"That conduct in the workplace was sexually inappropriate,” admitted Ghomeshi. “I realize that there is no way for me to know the full impact on her personally and professionally.”
Despite expressing regret over his actions, the judge presiding over the case – Justice Timothy Lipson – and Ghomeshi’s own lawyer stressed that the apology was not an admission of criminal behaviour or guilt.
However, when setting the terms of the peace bond, Lipson said Borel had “reasonable grounds” to fear he could harm her in future – as part of the deal, he must have no contact with her of any kind for the next 12 months, must not possess any weapons, must keep the peace and must pay $500.
After the trial, Borel issued a statement, slamming the CBC for its handling of the issue.
"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,” she revealed.
“The relentless message to me from my celebrity boss and the national institution we worked for was that his whims were more important than my humanity or my dignity.”
The deal marks the end for the fifth and final sexual assault charge Ghomeshi has beaten since police launched an investigation against him in 2014 – more than 20 women came forward with allegations of being slapped, punched, bitten, choked or smothered by the radio host.
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