Ghome­shi re­flects on fall­out from trial

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TORONTO — Dis­graced former CBC Ra­dio host Jian Ghome­shi has penned a per­sonal es­say in which he ex­presses “deep re­morse” for the way he treated some peo­ple, ad­mit­ting he was “de­mand­ing on dates” and “emo­tion­ally thought­less.”

G homes hi was ac­quit­ted in March 2016 of four counts of sex­ual as­sault and one count of chok­ing in­volv­ing three com­plainants. In May 2016, he apol­o­gized to a fourth com­plainant and signed a peace bond that saw an­other count of sex­ual as­sault with­drawn.

In the ar­ti­cle, ti­tled Re­flec­tions from a Hash­tag, pub­lished on­line Fri­day in The New York Re­view of Books, Ghome­shi also re­veals that he had sui­ci­dal thoughts in the af­ter­math of the al­le­ga­tions and re­flects on his tra­jec­tory from a high-pro­file ra­dio host to a self­de­scribed “out­cast.”

“I’ve be­come a hash­tag. One of my fe­male friends quips that I should get some kind of pub­lic recognition as a #MeToo pi­o­neer,” he writes in the ap­prox­i­mately 3,400-word piece. “There are lots of guys more hated than me now. But I was the guy ev­ery­one hated first.”

In the es­say, which marks the first time Ghome­shi has ad­dressed the trial pub­licly, he writes that he can­not con­fess to ac­cu­sa­tions he main­tains are “in­ac­cu­rate,” but ad­mits he should have been more “re­spect­ful and re­spon­sive” with the women in his life.

“I lever­aged my in­flu­ence and sta­tus to try to en­tice women and lead them on when they were in­ter­ested,” he writes.

In an­tic­i­pat­ing the re­ac­tion to the es­say, Ghome­shi ac­knowl­edges that it fo­cuses on his own ex­pe­ri­ence, “which may be seen as not help­ful in ren­der­ing women’s ex­pe­ri­ences more vis­i­ble.”

He fumed over what he char­ac­ter­ized as “in­ac­cu­rate” sto­ries about him on so­cial me­dia, but also said “this pe­riod has also been a tremen­dous ed­u­ca­tion.”

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the New York Re­view of Books said the pub­li­ca­tion had no com­ment on its de­ci­sion to pub­lish the piece.

Jian Ghome­shi

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