Oct 31, 2014
By Jane Brown
A second woman has publicly identified herself in abuse allegations against fired CBC personality Jian Ghomeshi.
Lawyer and best-selling author Reva Seth becomes the ninth woman to come forward to tell her story of violence at the hands of Ghomeshi.
She said she wrote her story for the Huffington Post website after hearing about a similar experience from Canadian actor Lucy DeCoutere.
Seth says after a few low-key dates with Ghomeshi in 2002 he suddenly became a different person one night at his home, putting his hands around her throat without warning and sexually assaulting her. Seth says Ghomeshi was “super angry, almost frenzied and disassociated.”
Ghomeshi was dumped by the crisis management firm Navigator yesterday. The Toronto Star says sources with knowledge of the situation say the company believed Ghomeshi lied to the firm. The report says Navigator was buying his story that it was a jilted ex-girlfriend who manufactured lies that Ghomeshi was abusive. But once he put out his Facebook post, providing details of his preference for rough and kinky sex and then allegations surfaced from a number of women, the situation changed.
Laura Babcock of Power Communications tells CP24, Ghomeshi really messed up with his Facebook post. “He had an opportunity on Sunday night to issue a statement simply saying that he was going to vigorously defend himself, he was going to sue the CBC for wrongful dismissal and leave it at that and he would’ve had a lot of public sympathy,” she explained, “but what he did instead, was chose to write that Facebook post which went into way too much detail that had a tone in it that provoked, at least Lucy if not these other women into coming forward. It’s a huge public relations mistake.”
Publicity firm Rock-It Promotions has also parted company with Ghomeshi.