The nightmare for HR at the CBC continued Wednesday, with Toronto police announcing they have now charged the broadcaster's fallen star Jian Ghomeshi with four counts of sexual assault.
"On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, Jian Ghomeshi, 47, of Toronto, surrendered to police. He was charged with: 1) four counts of Sexual Assault; 2) Overcome Resistance - Choking," reads a Toronto Police Services press release posted to its site after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. "He is scheduled to appear in court early this afternoon. We will notify the media of the court location well in advance of the appearance."
The development come on the heels of Ghomeshi's move to withdraw a lawsuit Tuesday against his former employer. The settlement will also see him pay $18,000 in legal costs incurred by the broadcaster.
Police are now urging those with any additional information about alleged sexual and physical assaults committed by Ghomeshi to come forward. More than eight women, including women who have worked at the CBC, have now come forward to describe alleged physical attacks at the hands of the former Q host, who argues any physical contact was consensual and part of a sadomasochistic exchange.