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

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

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 In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.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