JIAN GHOMESHI’S ESSAY IN THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS DRAWS FIRE

Disgraced CBC host expresses 'deep remorse' but maintains accusations were 'inaccurate'

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Jian Ghomeshi has written an essay for The New York Review of Books about his trial. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

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 In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.

I was the guy everyone hated first.– Jian Ghomeshi

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.”

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