Toronto police are asking for the public’s help as they investigate former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi for what they are calling complaints of “assault and sexual assault” after three women alleged that they were attacked by him.
The investigation is in its “infancy,” sex crimes Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins said Saturday. None of the allegations has been proven.
She called on anyone with any evidence that could help the investigation to contact police and said potential evidence would include videos, photos or online messaging.
She encouraged any potential further victims to contact police as well — either to file a report, discuss their options or seek counselling.
“Even if they don’t want to report but they want to talk to us, we welcome that,” Beaven-Desjardins said at news conference.
Over the past week, several women have spoken with either the Toronto Star or CBC and claimed they were in some way attacked by Ghomeshi during romantic encounters. The majority of the women spoke with the media anonymously and, at the time, none of them had filed a police complaint.
Trailer Park Boys star Lucy DeCoutere told CBC News that Ghomeshi physically attacked her during a date in 2003. None of the women who spoke with the CBC instructed Ghomeshi to stop the alleged violence as it was happening.