The Hollywood Reporter – Canada’s CBC on Sunday fired popular radio show host Jian Ghomeshi after allegations of sexual abuse by a former lover.
Details of Ghomeshi’s sexual relations with his ex-girlfriend were not clear, but the radio host on his Facebook page defended their “rough sex” role-playing as consensual.
“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,” Ghomeshi, whose CBC show Q airs on over 180 NPR/PRI stations, stated.
He said his relationship with an unnamed “woman in her late 20s” began two years ago, and over time included “role-play, dominance and submission” between the sheets.
The radio host conceded some may not find his “tastes in the bedroom” acceptable.
“They may be strange, enticing, weird, normal, or outright offensive to others. We all have our secret life. But that is my private life. That is my personal life,” Ghomeshi said, defending himself.
The ex didn’t take it well. The ensuing blowback included a “campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization,” the radio personality recalled. Ghomeshi said his smartphone is being “rifled through” so the names of former girlfriends could be contacted.
“Increasingly, female friends and ex-girlfriends of mine told me about these attempts to smear me,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Ghomeshi said the CBC had known for months about the “campaign of vengeance” against him, and had cut ties to the radio host for “the risk of the perception that may come from a story that could come out.”
CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson also told The Hollywood Reporter earlier in the day Sunday that “information came to our attention recently that in CBC’s judgment precludes us from continuing our relationship with Jian.”
There was no comment Sunday from Ghomeshi’s publicist, who referred all questions to Ghomeshi’s lawyers at Dentons Canada LLP.
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