More than a year since allegations of sexual assault were first leveled against him, Jian Ghomeshi’s highly anticipated trial gets underway on Monday in Toronto.
The former CBC radio host faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The judge-alone trial, which is expected to last several weeks, involves three complainants including ‘Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy DeCoutere who was the first to speak on the record about her alleged experiences with Ghomeshi and the only one of the complainants who can be publicly identified.
The controversy around Ghomeshi first came to light on October 24th 2014, when the CBC said he was taking time off “to deal with some personal issues,” just two days later, it was revealed that he had been sacked.
The charges were laid one month later on November 26th, with Ghomeshi released on bail following a court appearance, he has been living with his mother since then in accordance with his bail conditions.
48 year old Ghomeshi is also facing a separate trial, on one charge of sexual assault, which is due to get underway in June.