The CBC memo indicates the pubcaster opened an investigation and interviewed employees and management before concluding "there were no complaints of this nature about Jian’s behavior in the workplace."Ghomeshi at the time assured the CBC the ongoing allegations were untrue and that his lawyers could disprove them, according to the CBC.
They'd thought that this not always pleasant part of social interaction was behind them forever.And that is when an unsettling feeling consumed me. We all have biases and these biases shape our world view and the manner in which we absorb and analyze information.I learned that I am more likely to believe women who wield more power by virtue of their income or profession.Equally powerful and interrelated with these psychological factors in determining whether women are able to leave abusive relationships are historical and societal factors, that is, how does our culture and society respond when women disclose interpersonal dating violence.And indeed our society has begun to put in place policies deemed helpful in aiding women to leave such abusive relationships.One important societal reality that has not been highlighted during the Jian Ghomeshi trial is that interpersonal dating violence occurs in an astounding proportion of young people's relationships.Dating violence, an important subset of partner violence, has been repeatedly reported to occur both in Canada and the United State in one quarter to one fifth of teen and young adults' interpersonal relationships.Last week I came face to face with my own bias and I was left with a deep sense of regret and shame. I pictured her as a beautiful model or a socialite, maybe someone who didn’t get her way and was now spewing defamatory material to get back at him. Then we heard from Canadian Actress Lucy De Coutere, who came forward with details of her alleged assault by Ghomeshi.I consider myself an ardent supporter of women’s rights and being a survivor of sexual violence myself, one would think that I would have rushed to believe the women that Jian Ghomeshi allegedly sexually assaulted. I started to become more skeptical of my own previous presumptions. He was super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.” I remember turning to my housemate and saying, “It’s not looking good for Jian. When I read Ghomeshi’s Facebook post, I sided with him, believing that this 20-something-year-old woman was in fact, as he described, “a jilted ex-girlfriend.” It is no secret that Jian is a powerful, wealthy Canadian celebrity and I imagined a scorned ex-lover with an agenda to destroy his reputation. When other women anonymously reported similar sexual attacks by Ghomeshi, I dismissed their claims, largely because they were anonymous and their anonymity somehow made their statements less real and less credible, at least in my mind.On Thursday I read the piece by author and lawyer Reva Seth, who gave insight into what a sexual encounter with Jian was like, writing that “it was like he became a different person . I think he might be guilty.” He inquired, “Why do you think that now? She doesn’t really have a reason to lie.”And then it struck me.