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Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio Star, Fired Over 'Rough Sex' Allegations

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By    |   Monday, 27 Oct 2014 12:08 PM

Canadian radio star Jian Ghomeshi was fired on Sunday from his "Q" show on CBC after at least three young women said the 47-year-old physically abused them in the context of BDSM sex he later likened to "Fifty Shades of Grey."

The Toronto Star reported that it conducted a series of interviews with the women, who say they have not filed complaints with the police nor gone on the record with their real names for fear Ghomeshi's fans would threaten and defame them. All of them say he hit them with a closed fist or open hand, choked them, bit them, blocked their breathing until they almost passed out, and verbally abused them before, during, and after sex without their consent.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Ghomeshi explained that the "rough sex" was consensual and agreed upon ahead of time.

"I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners," he wrote, noting that he has text messages and emails from the women to prove as much.

"Let me be the first to say that my tastes in the bedroom may not be palatable to some folks. They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others . . . But that is my private life . . . And no one, and certainly no employer, should have dominion over what people do consensually in their private life."

Ghomeshi announced in the statement that he will be suing CBC for $50 million for wrongful termination — "breach of confidence and bad faith" — after working there for 14 years. He accuses the company — which he's "doggedly defended" for years — of succumbing to a defamation campaign by a vindictive ex-girlfriend.

"I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex-girlfriend and a freelance writer," he wrote.

"It came to light that a woman had begun anonymously reaching out to people that I had dated (via Facebook) to tell them she had been a victim of abusive relations with me. In other words, someone was reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious. I learned — through one of my friends who got in contact with this person — that someone had rifled through my phone on one occasion and taken down the names of any woman I had seemed to have been dating in recent years. This person had begun methodically contacting them to try to build a story against me. Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me."

The women, all of whom are educated and working, told the Star that Ghomeshi does indeed have text and email evidence that will make it appear they consented to the rough sex, but that it was not agreed upon, and there weren't any "safe words" as Ghomeshi has claimed.

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Canadian radio star Jian Ghomeshi was fired on Sunday from his "Q" show on CBC after at least three young women said the 47-year-old physically abused them in the context of BDSM sex he later likened to "Fifty Shades of Grey."
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