Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to all 5 charges against him at a pretrial hearing in downtown Toronto.
Ghomeshi was arraigned on four counts counts of sexual assault and one of choking stemming from three alleged victims.
The trial is due to get underway on February 1st 2016, while a second trial which deals with one further count of sexual assault is due scheduled to begin in June 2016.
Two charges have been dropped by the Crown pertaining to a lack of evidence.
The 48 year old also elected to be tried by an Ontario Court judge and not a jury.
The public was asked to leave the courtroom following the not guilty plea, due to a publication ban which has been put in place to protect the identity of the victims.
The former Q host had long denied the allegations and says that while he did engage in rough sex, it was always consensual.