November 14, 2018

Winnipeg
0° C, Overcast

Full Forecast

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

Ghomeshi reflects on fallout from trial in The New York Review of Books

TORONTO - Disgraced former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi penned a personal essay in The New York Review of Books that drew swift backlash on Friday, with many social media users questioning why he was given such a prestigious platform to detail his life post-trial.

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 In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.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 piece, titled "Reflections from a Hashtag" and published online Friday, Ghomeshi reveals that he had suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of the allegations and reflects on his trajectory from a high-profile Canadian personality to a self-described "outcast."

He also expresses "deep remorse" for the way he treated some people, admitting he was "demanding on dates" and "emotionally thoughtless."

Get the full story.
No credit card required. Cancel anytime.

Join free for 30 days

After that, pay as little as $0.99 per month for the best local news coverage in Manitoba.

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Join free for 30 days

 

Already a subscriber?

Log in

Subscribers Log in below to continue reading,
not a subscriber? Create an account to start a 30 day free trial.

Log in Create your account

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

Your free trial has come to an end.

We hope you have enjoyed your trial! To continue reading, we recommend our Read Now Pay Later membership. Simply add a form of payment and pay only 27¢ per article.

For unlimited access to the best local, national, and international news and much more, try an All Access Digital subscription:

Thank you for supporting the journalism that our community needs!

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Mon to Sat Delivery

Pay

$34.36

per month

  • Includes all benefits of All Access Digital
  • 6-day delivery of our award-winning newspaper
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

We hope you have enjoyed your free trial!

To continue reading, select a plan below:

Read Now Pay Later

Pay

27¢

per article

  • Commitment-free
  • Cancel anytime
  • Only pay for what you read
  • Refunds available
Continue

All Access Digital

Introductory pricing*

99¢

per month

  • Unlimited online reading and commenting
  • Daily newspaper replica e-Edition
  • News Break - our award-winning iOS app
  • Exclusive perks & discounts
Continue

*Introductory pricing schedule for 12 month: $0.99/month plus tax for first 3 months, $5.99/month for months 4 - 6, $10.99/month for months 7 - 9, $13.99/month for months 10 - 12. Standard All Access Digital rate of $16.99/month begins after first year.

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto court after signing a peace bond, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Ghomeshi has penned an essay for a prestigious U.S. literary publication. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto court after signing a peace bond, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Ghomeshi has penned an essay for a prestigious U.S. literary publication. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO - Disgraced former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi penned a personal essay in The New York Review of Books that drew swift backlash on Friday, with many social media users questioning why he was given such a prestigious platform to detail his life post-trial.

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 piece, titled "Reflections from a Hashtag" and published online Friday, Ghomeshi reveals that he had suicidal thoughts in the aftermath of the allegations and reflects on his trajectory from a high-profile Canadian personality to a self-described "outcast."

He also expresses "deep remorse" for the way he treated some people, admitting he was "demanding on dates" and "emotionally thoughtless."

"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. "There are lots of guys more hated than me now. But I was the guy everyone hated first."

Farrah Khan, manager of Ryerson University's Consent Comes First office, wondered why the semi-monthly magazine gave an opportunity to such a controversial figure when many people affected by sexual violence are not given such an opportunity.

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 leaves court with his sister Jila, right, after signing a peace bond in Toronto, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

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 leaves court with his sister Jila, right, after signing a peace bond in Toronto, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

"Why was he given this platform? Why now?" Khan said, also questioning if the magazine fact-checked the piece.

"It's interesting, who gets to have that platform. Publications oftentimes are invested in giving space to people like Ghomeshi to boost their sales, to create this hyped conversation about it."

Ghomeshi came off as "arrogant" for suggesting he's part of a decades-long fight for the rights of survivors of sexual violence, she added.

"When reading the article, one of the things that was really salient to me was his speaking about how he was one of the #MeToo pioneers, or making a quip about it," Khan said.

"He didn't start the movement on sexual violence — we did."

In anticipating the reaction to the roughly 3,400-word essay, which marks the first time Ghomeshi has addressed the trial publicly, he acknowledges that it focuses on his own experience, "which may be seen as not helpful in rendering women's experiences more visible."

The cover story, billed as "Jian Ghomeshi on Jian Ghomeshi," is set to appear in the magazine's October issue on "The Fall of Men."

A representative for the New York Review of Books said the publication had no comment on the matter.

The Ghomeshi trial and ruling triggered an emotional public debate about how abuse complainants are treated by the justice system, which some consider to be a precursor to the #MeToo movement that emerged last fall.

Ghomeshi writes in the essay 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.

"What I do confess is that I was emotionally thoughtless in the way I treated those I dated and tried to date," he writes. "I leveraged my influence and status to try to entice women and lead them on when they were interested."

Ghomeshi said he struggled with suicidal thoughts in the weeks after the allegations surfaced in 2014, which coincided with him mourning his father's death. "It was as though the end of my life as I knew it was somehow conjoined with the actual end of his."

As his professional and personal support systems collapsed, Ghomeshi said he faced "financial calamity" between his firing from CBC and legal fees.

He also fumed over what he characterized as "inaccurate" depictions of him on social media, and said he fielded a barrage of racist remarks over his Iranian heritage.

In mulling over whether men facing sexual misconduct allegations should apologize, Ghomeshi said his own experience makes him "distrust" public declarations of remorse in the immediate fallout of a scandal.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us

You can comment on most stories on The Winnipeg Free Press website. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press print or digital subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to The Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective January 2015.

Advertisement

Advertise With Us