Things are looking up for Jian Ghomeshi.
The former CBC broadcaster — who was fired from his radio show in 2014 after sexual allegations against him surfaced — has been found not guilty of sexual assault and overcoming resistance by choking.
Three women — including Trailer Park Boys star Lucy DeCoutere — accused the 48-year-old of attacking and sexually assaulting them, claims that Ghomeshi denied and wrote off as nothing more than consensual “rough sex.”
Judge William Horkins ruled in favor of the defendant, citing that the three women’s stories had been inconsistent and had left reasonable doubt in the case.
“The evidence of each complainant suffered not just from inconsistencies and questionable behaviour, but was tainted by outright deception…At the end of this trial, a reasonable doubt exists because it is impossible to determine, with any acceptable degree of certainty or comfort, what is true and what is false.”
Ghomeshi’s three accusers came under fire from defense lawyer Marie Henein, who questioned why they stayed in contact with their alleged attacker after the incidents — which they claim took place between 2002 and 2003.
One accuser sent Ghomeshi a photo of herself in a bikini after she claimed he had punched her in the head — but the woman confessed the sexy snap was only sent to bait the former radio personality into incriminating himself.
Even though the verdict is in, supporters of sexual assault victims believed that — like other cases — the women were being put on trial rather than their alleged attacker.
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