The trial of ex-CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi began on Monday.
Ghomeshi is facing five charges; four charges of sexual assault charges, and one charge of choking to overcome resistance. The latter charge is seen more seriously by the the Criminal Code, and punishable by lifetime imprisonment if found guilty,
The first two days involved hard-line cross-examination of one of the complainants by Mr. Ghomeshi’s lawyer, in regards to emails that the witness sent to Ghomeshi a year after the alleged incident in which he’s been accused of punching her in the head.
Emails presented line by line
The emails were a shocking revelation, according to Anne Kingston, a senior writer and journalist with Maclean’s Magazine. Kingston spoke with McComb about what happened in the courtroom.
“You couldn’t have presented these emails in a more dramatic way. They were sort of released on a screen, projected on a screen, line by line. And the Defence walked the witness through it, questioning every single line and completely dismantling her credibility in the sense that she was adamant about the fact that they didn’t have contact.”
According to Kingston, when first questioned by the Crown the witness said she was traumatized every time she heard his voice on radio or saw him on TV. and did her best to avoid those scenarios. She also insisted there was no contact after the incident, except that she may have sent an angry email.
“There were two emails, one in January, the other one was in June. Ghomeshi did not respond to the first one. It was a flirty email, it did not indicate any sort of anger.”
LISTEN to the complete Ghomeshi trail re-cap here:
When pressed, the witness said the emails were sent as bait
Kingston says if you wanted to look at it from the point of view of somebody who had been traumatized by a sexual assault, that there are a lot of questions that people want some sort of understanding.
“She clearly thought Ghomeshi was this fantastic guy, he was a perfect gentlemen. And the behavior that’s she’s alleging him of, is at a complete disconnect from that. So it could be that she was trying to reconcile her experience that she alleged she had, with her understanding of the guy she thought he was.”
But, says Kingston, she did not make that point convincingly in court.
The trial is set to resume on Thursday.