Fired host of WBEZ's Q defends his 'sexual practices'



Jian Ghomeshi in more employed times.
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  • Jian Ghomeshi in more employed times.
Jian Ghomeshi, founder and host of the CBC's Q, which WBEZ airs four nights a week at 8 PM, was fired Sunday for reasons apparently related to his private life. The Toronto Star, reporting Ghomeshi's dismissal, said it had been approached in recent months by "three young women, all about 20 years his junior, who say he was physically violent to them without their consent during sexual encounters or in the lead-up to sexual encounters." It went on to say Ghomeshi intends to sue the CBC for "breach of contract and bad faith."

The Star says the women are "reluctant to come forward publicly."

Ghomeshi has posted his side of the story on Facebook.

"I've been fired from the CBC," he writes, "because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a jilted ex girlfriend and a freelance writer. . . . Forgive me if what follows may be shocking to some. I have always been interested in a variety of activities in the bedroom but I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon, consensual, and exciting for both partners."

He says he became the victim of someone who began "reframing what had been an ongoing consensual relationship as something nefarious" and of a "freelance writer who was known not to be a fan of mine." He writes, "Together, they set out to try to find corroborators to build a case to defame me."

WBEZ's home page describes Q as an "energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends."

Goli Sheikholeslami, CEO of WBEZ's parent, Chicago Public Media, says the station will continue to air Q, which will be led by a guest host until someone permanent is named. She says she was told by Public Radio International, which distributes the program, that there will be no interruption in its production.

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