New information is coming out in the Jian Ghomeshi case.
There are now claims that Journalism students at Western University were warned not to pursue internships on his CBC show “Q”, a Toronto Star article is reporting this morning.
Western U stopped sending students to intern at the CBC in 2008 after an incident with a male student had him running errands instead of doing entry-level journalism, as stipulated by the curriculum.
However, many the students were warned two years ago that Q internships were off limits due to inappropriate behaviour on behalf of Jian Ghomeshi, the now-fired host.
Jeremy Copeland, who teaches journalism at Western, said concerns of students interning on Ghomeshi’s show stemmed from an incident in 2012, when Ghomeshi allegedly “preyed on a young grad who wanted to work at Q.”
Due to the incident, Copeland stopped a female student recently from applying for an internship at Q.
Three women have now come forward to Toronto Police with allegations of abuse against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and investigators are looking into reports of a “graphic” video in the CBC’s possession.
Officers provided an update, Saturday, confirming two very experienced investigators will begin looking into the case; however, more are expected to join to investigation.
“We are requesting the public to come forward with any video, photograph, social media chats relating to this investigation, to contact Sex Crime immediately,” Sex Crimes Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said.
At least, nine women have come forward to the media alleging that they had been abused or harassed by Ghomeshi.
In a staff memo Friday the CBC says it fired Ghomeshi last Sunday after seeing “graphic evidence that Jian had caused physical injury to a woman.” Police explain they are not aware of Ghomeshi’s current whereabouts, and haven’t spoken to him yet.
“We’re right in the infancy of our investigation,” Beaven-Desjardins said.
Ghomeshi and his lawyers have not commented. Last weekend the ex-CBC host insisted that any rough sex he had was consensual.
Did the CBC drop the ball when it comes to Jian Ghomeshi? Given that these allegations were circulating, shouldn’t HR have investigated? Or is it not the responsibility of Human Resources to follow up on rumours?