It’s not every day the details of one’s sex life cause one to lose one’s job, and make front page headlines – on the day of a massively important election, but that day is today in Jian Ghomeshi’s life.
The CBC broadcaster, host of the acclaimed interview show Q (no relation), has been dismissed after the CBC claimed it received information that precludes his continued employment.
Ghomeshi took to Facebook last night, delivering an explanation that’s as long-winded as the introductions to his interviews. He claims that he’s being hounded by false allegations of sexual abuse, stemming from a relationship in which he engaged in dominance and submission – what he calls a “mild form of 50 Shades of Grey”.
He is suing the CBC for 50 million, so put that in your tax paying pipe and smoke it. I really have no idea where the truth lies, but it’s funny because MY safe word when having rough sex IS “Jian Ghomeshi”.
– Mauree Holloway –
Your daily dose of Mo with the Last Word – 10/27/14
Long time CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was terminated from his role at the CBC and announced his intention to sue the national broadcaster for over 50 million dollars.
The law firm representing Ghomeshi, Dentons Canada LLP, also released a statement, saying “the action will claim general and punitive damages for among other things, breach of confidence and bad faith in the amount of $50 million. Ghomeshi will commence a grievance for reinstatement with the CBC under his collective agreement.”
Late Sunday evening, Ghomeshi released a facebook post alleging he was fired 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.”
In Jian’s own word’s he explains exactly how he was victimized for his personal sex life:
“About two years ago I started seeing a woman in her late 20s. Our relationship was affectionate, casual and passionate. We saw each other on and off over the period of a year and began engaging in adventurous forms of sex that included role-play, dominance and submission. We discussed our interests at length before engaging in rough sex (forms of BDSM). We talked about using safe words and regularly checked in with each other about our comfort levels. She encouraged our role-play and often was the initiator. We joked about our relations being like a mild form of Fifty Shades of Grey or a story from Lynn Coady’s Giller-Prize winning book last year. I don’t wish to get into any more detail because it is truly not anyone’s business what two consenting adults do. I have never discussed my private life before. Sexual preferences are a human right.
Despite a strong connection between us it became clear to me that our on-and-off dating was unlikely to grow into a larger relationship and I ended things in the beginning of this year. She was upset by this and sent me messages indicating her disappointment that I would not commit to more, and her anger that I was seeing others.
After this, in the early spring there began a campaign of harassment, vengeance and demonization against me that would lead to months of anxiety.
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 CBC has not responded to these allegations, but did confirm they are ending their relationship with Ghomeshi. The full statement released can be read here.
It’s also reported that a story regarding Jian’s personal life will soon be published.