Fired CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been released from Toronto Police custody after appearing in court today and paying bail set at $100,000.
Earlier in the day, the 47-year-old turned himself in to police and was subsequently charged for four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance – choking.
Ghomeshi appeared in court this afternoon and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. His lawyer, Marie Henein, has been granted a publication ban on details and evidence discussed during the hearing.
However, it has been made public that he is required to live with his mother, remain in Ontario and surrender his passport. Nearly a dozen police officers protected Ghomeshi from a large swarm of people and the media as he emerged out of the courtroom and made his way to a vehicle waiting for him.
Another court date for Ghomeshi is set for January 8.
To date, as many as nine women have come forward against Ghomeshi with allegations of nonconsensual “rough sex.” Today’s events come just one day after the former Q host dropped his $55-million lawsuit with CBC for terminating his employment and “breach of confidence” – using personal information against him.
As part of the settlement, Ghomeshi has agreed to pay $18,000 to the CBC for legal costs incurred.
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