TORONTO – Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault.
Toronto police say he also faces another charge, which they called “overcome resistance – choking.”
Police say Ghomeshi, 47, has surrendered and is scheduled to appear in court early this afternoon.
Ghomeshi was fired by the CBC on Oct. 26. The public broadcaster said it decided to terminate his employment after seeing “graphic evidence” that he had physically injured a woman.
Ghomeshi admitted in a lengthy Facebook post, published on the day he was fired, that he engaged in “rough sex” but insisted his encounters with women were consensual.
Since his dismissal, nine women have come forward with allegations, some dating back a decade, that Ghomeshi sexually or physically assaulted them.
Toronto police began an investigation into several allegations of sexual assault relating to Ghomeshi on Oct. 31.
The charges against Ghomeshi were announced a day after it came to light that he had reached an agreement with the CBC to withdraw his $55 million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.