Oct 30, 2014
By Jane Brown
Allegations of abuse against former CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi are now linked to a woman who has agreed to be identified.
Canadian television actor Lucy DeCoutere has gone on the record with her story. The woman who plays Lucy on Trailer Park Boys told the Toronto Star and CBC’s The Current of an incident in 2003, when she says Ghomeshi choked her to the point she could not breathe and then slapped her hard three times on the side of the head. DeCoutere says she went back to Ghomeshi’s house in Riverdale after they had dinner on the Danforth on their first date. She says they began making out and that’s when he choked and slapped her. DeCoutere says it was something she never experienced before. She says it did not escalate and she left Ghomeshi’s house shortly after that in a taxi. The Star’s editor Michael Cooke says the account Lucy gave to reporters Kevin Donovan and Jesse Brown similar to the stories 7 other women have told them. But Cooke told CP24 last night, Ghomeshi has gone silent. “We don’t know this, but we think he’s in Los Angeles, but we’ve never heard from him,” Cooke explained, “We’ve asked him many times, directly to him and through his lawyer and through the crisis management team that he’s hired to comment on all these allegations, and the answer is nothing, there’s just silence.”
Jian Ghomeshi was fired from his job at the CBC on Sunday. He has filed a $55 million lawsuit against the corporation, accusing the CBC of making a “moral judgement” against his preference for a bondage-sadism lifestyle.