Canadian radio star not guilty of sexual assault, judge questions accusers

By REUTERS
March 25, 2016 01:43

 
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Disgraced Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi was found not guilty of sexual assault on Thursday when a judge ruled that none of his three accusers were credible, sparking debate over how the country's judicial system treats victims of sexual violence.

In a 25-page verdict, Judge William Horkins noted inconsistencies in the testimony of all three complainants, saying one had "played chicken with the justice system," while another was "manipulative" and a third "deceptive."

The high-profile case has drawn parallels with that of entertainer Bill Cosby, a national figure in the United States who faces multiple accusations of sexual abuse over many years. Cosby has long denied the allegations.

Ghomeshi, the 48-year-old former host of Q, an internationally syndicated music and arts program, had pleaded not guilty to all charges. He did not testify in the trial, but admitted in a 2014 Facebook post that he participated in rough, but consensual, sex. He faces another trial in June for a different count of sexual assault.

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