Jian Ghomeshi today apologized in court for “thoughtless and insensitive” behaviour toward a former CBC colleague who accused him of sexually assaulting her. The apology followed the crown reading the allegations against the former “Q” host.
The crown then withdrew the sexual assault charge for which Ghomeshi was scheduled to face a June trial after Ghomeshi signed a peace bond.
According to the allegations read in court, Ghomeshi grabbed former CBC employee Kathryn Borel from behind at work in 2008 and ground his pelvis into her.
As part of the agreement, Borel consented to waive a court-orderd ban on publicly indentifying her. The 48 year old was charged in the case a year ago.
Earlier this year, he was acquitted on sexual assault and choking charges involving three other women.
Protesters shouting “You’re a rapist” met Ghomeshi as he arrived at the Toronto courthouse this morning.
Kathryn Borel told reporters outside the courtroom today that Ghomeshi’s apology is an admission of guilt even though it won’t lead to a criminal conviction.
She says she agreed to the peace bond instead of a trial because “it seemed like the clearest path to the truth.”
Borel says in the three years they worked together, Ghomeshi made it clear to her that “he could do what he wanted to me and my body.”
Borel also says her former employer did nothing to back her up.
“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. 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.”