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.”

Ghome­shi 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.

The Cana­dian Press files

Jian Ghome­shi is es­corted by po­lice out of court past mem­bers of the me­dia in Toronto on Novem­ber 26, 2014. More than two years af­ter his ac­quit­tal, the dis­graced for­mer ra­dio host ex­pressed his “deep re­morse” in a per­sonal es­say for the way he treated some peo­ple.

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