March 24, 2016

(FLASHBACK) Lauren Southern last month: "Jian Ghomeshi will be found not guilty. Here's why."

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(NOTE: This column originally appeared on February 16, 2016.) In November 2014, Jian Ghomeshi was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of “choking to overcome resistance."

Before these allegations, Ghomeshi was a celebrity and self-styled feminist who ran a popular radio program on the CBC. He was well-liked by members of the public and even had a friendly relationship with our Prime Minister. Behind the scenes, however, Ghomeshi seems to have had a dark side.

Exactly how much evidence is there against Ghomeshi, though? All we have are unproven allegations: the testimonies of a smattering of women, some of whom had dated Ghomeshi over a decade ago.

People inundated the media with stories about Ghomeshi. An author claimed Ghomeshi put his “hands around [her] throat” and “violently penetrated” her with his fingers. A former CBC employee claimed she felt pressured by Ghomeshi to “perform fellatio” on him in a hotel room. A fan of Ghomeshi’s claimed that he had beaten her during sex and left her with “deep bruising” on her body.

Interview after interview came out with people who damaged Ghomeshi’s character, including interviews with past coworkers and friends. A male former classmate of Ghomeshi’s even accused Ghomeshi of having “fondled” him. Everyone wanted in on the bloodbath.

The allegations against Ghomeshi are brutal. But that’s all they are: allegations. And there’s reason to suspect at least some of them are the product of collusion.

Three women brought charges against Ghomeshi. Two of them chose to remain anonymous, and the third was Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere. DeCoutere claimed that during a date Ghomeshi choked her without her consent to the point where she “could not breathe.”

The other women’s stories were distinctly similar. All three stories detail the women being attacked in the middle of a date by Ghomeshi without their consent, same with many of the media accusations. How could so many seemingly unconnected women come up with such similar stories about him? Surely, this must mean Ghomeshi is guilty?

This is actually one of the reasons that makes me question the allegations against Ghomeshi. Because there is an explanation as to why so many “unconnected” women would raise such similar stories against him. They weren’t unconnected.

In an article for Toronto Life, Leah McLaren writes:

“DeCoutere, who was the highest-profile of Jian’s alleged victims to come forward, became a point person for others who wanted to tell their story but couldn’t bring themselves to do it publicly. The way she described it to me, she co-ordinated a covert network of women who have spent the last seven months sharing their assault stories with each other.”

This was premeditation. The women had discussed their stories and had plenty of time to make them align. Perhaps they were colluding to destroy Ghomeshi. Or perhaps it was as simple as a support network for abused women. Either way the idea that these women were unconnected no longer holds true, dispelling at least one of the arguments against Ghomeshi.

There’s something else, too, something else that has me convinced of Ghomeshi’s innocence, at least regarding these accounts.

All of the women who accused Ghomeshi continued to treat him positively after their alleged abuse. DeCoutere sent Ghomeshi a raunchy email which said “You kicked my ass last night and that makes me want to f--- your brains out” the day after she had allegedly been choked.

One of the anonymous complainants stated that she had a “sexual encounter” with Ghomeshi days after he had allegedly assaulted her. The other anonymous complainant had sent flirtatious messages to Ghomeshi after her alleged assault, and had even sent him a picture of her in a bikini.

All three complainants conveniently failed to remember these actions when they took the stand.

And how are these “victims” of Ghomeshi’s doing today?

Well, Lucy DeCoutere enjoyed a surge of media attention and gained 25,000 Twitter followers after she publicized her allegations against Ghomeshi. DeCoutere bragged to a friend that she was “to sexual assault what David Beckham was to Armani underwear”. If her experience is anything to judge by, they’re doing just fine.

Yesterday, the court heard closing arguments from the Crown and defense. In the Crown’s closing arguments they addressed the flirtatious messages sent by the complainants, stating “How someone should react after the fact should not be considered”. Ghomeshi’s lawyer Marie Henein closed the defense’s side of the case by stating “All three complainants withheld information from the police and from the Crown and from the court… We were not going to hear the truth.”

There’s no doubt that women have left his bedroom with bruises, as Ghomeshi admittedly enjoys BDSM and rough sex, a fetish that is more commonplace than people think. So the question here is whether the aspects of the accounts were consensual or happened at all.

The messages sent by the complainants are the only reliable evidence given as to whether Ghomeshi’s behaviour was consensual, and they strongly support the defense’s case. The only other evidence provided about the alleged assaults is testimony that has been proven to be riddled with lies.

As usual, the press and public refuse to accept the fact that the real victim isn’t always the person who pressed charges. People lie, and yes, women lie.

The case reminds me of the trial of Gregory Alan Elliott. Jian too was criminally charged by people who may have colluded to keep their stories straight. He too lost his job as a result of the trial. He too has suffered enormous damage to his reputation. Like Elliott, the legal process has cost Ghomeshi dearly.

I can’t say I like Ghomeshi much. I don’t have an affinity for cocky male feminists who espouse progressive rhetoric and live off tax dollars. I also find his proclivities both inside and outside of the bedroom disturbing.

I won’t say that I think everyone who has come forward is a liar either, I don’t know that. If the complainants are telling the truth, I hope they find the evidence necessary to convict him.

But everything we’ve seen in court suggests that Jian Ghomeshi is not guilty.

**This column has been edited to clarify facts of Ghomeshi’s alleged conduct and the sequence of events**


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commented 2016-03-26 23:22:07 -0400
“Eventually more than 20 women came forward with allegations of being slapped, punched, bitten, choked or smothered by the radio host.”
What would make 20 women come forward? It just boggles my mind.
commented 2016-03-26 07:48:46 -0400
Sure, he got off this time, but the SJW’s are going berserk. For them you’re guilty until found guilty.
They shouldn’t worry though. Either in appeal or in his trial in june a pliable judge will be instructed to convict. Our courageous prime feminister will surely be acting behind the scenes to insure that.
commented 2016-03-25 01:47:59 -0400
There’s a similar analogy in the Talmud, about witnesses testifying with the same story, which means they are fabricated.
commented 2016-03-25 01:02:44 -0400
That’s my question Darrell, how did it even get to trial?
commented 2016-03-25 00:40:14 -0400
Looks to me like Ghomeshi was given a pass by the police and the prosecution. You would have to try hard to be that incompetent. They allowed the case to fall apart in the courtroom. The prosecutors should have vetted the accusations, dealt with the communication between victims and had explanations for the continued contact – or never taken it to trail. It looks like the fix was in and the Crown took the fall. If that is all there is then why did they even take it to trial – maybe they were afraid of what the MSM would say if they didn’t blindly take the word of the alleged victims. Who knows but something is not right here.
commented 2016-03-25 00:03:51 -0400
He was found not guilty because there wasn’t enough evidence, and there hadn’t been full disclosure by the women. The court had no choice, and they did the right thing. Who ever was representing these women shouldn’t get paid. Any lawyer worth their salt would have found out there were facts the women were intentionally leaving out. Their lawyer clearly didn’t do their job. Had the lawyer done the proper prep work he/she would have found out the women had been talking, and that there were texts and emails to Ghomeshi after the alleged assaults.
Those women blew it and I still can’t see why several women would get together to try to take Ghomeshi down, and if that’s it, wouldn’t they have been smarter about it?

I find the whole thing perplexing, and repugnant. If there is one thing Ghomeshi is still guilty of it’s that he is repugnant. Any violent act such as choking or punching during intercourse is repugnant. And any woman who likes to be choked or punched is sick. They all need psychological intervention IMO.
The court did the only thing it could under the circumstances, but Ghomeshi is still an animal. And yes, what about the Teddybear?
commented 2016-03-24 22:50:57 -0400
In fact I predick, that he’ll be back with a new show called " GOMESHING"
Sex show - discussing cool new genre—- he be an EFFING hero !
commented 2016-03-24 22:44:28 -0400
Yeah , itll be entertaining, keep in mind , if most of his female hookups had dicks,
They would be GOMESHING as well ,
A fine bunch of up standing moral people over there at msmers head quarters!!
commented 2016-03-24 20:25:53 -0400
All the players in this farce ( except the judge ) are people who seek the limelight. Knowing Jian’s penchant for extremely rough sex, some of those he abused erred in trying to entrap him in a social media campaign that was intended to “out” him and his bizarre and harmful behaviour. While the courts have rightly found him “not guilty under the law” for lack of credible evidence most people understand what he is and how he acts. He has also been condemned in the court of public opinion which is no small thing. Avoiding jail time or some modest punishment coming from a flawed legal process will likely result in Jian re-offending. I remain puzzled as to why investigators were unable to find out how his Teddybear was used in recording these acts and why they were unable to recover this evidence – or did this evidence fail to make it’s way to the courtroom for political reasons?
commented 2016-03-24 18:16:09 -0400
While I consider myself a non-radical feminist (in addition to being a humanist and egalitarian, I started to believe Ghomeshi was likely innocent a few months ago . False allegations are not acceptable as they abuse the wrongly accused while triviality the experiences of real victims of sexual assault and stigmatize them.
commented 2016-03-24 16:55:17 -0400
We all know that the real protection was for the CBC. If he would have been convicted, then the fingers would have started pointing at the CBC, for covering up Jian’s sexcapades! I don’t think it unusual that these women had similar stories, since that was Jian’s MO.
commented 2016-03-24 15:51:39 -0400
Looks like the lying, deceiving, manipulative women failed; this time.
commented 2016-03-24 15:43:27 -0400
Justice =1/ Fascist Feminist = 0 ( pardon the redundancy)
commented 2016-03-24 15:06:51 -0400
No surprise that the Judge found them untruthful and that they left out key info.
commented 2016-03-24 14:39:37 -0400
The man is a sexual predator; no different than a pedophile who lures and assaults his victims who are too afraid to say anything.
As for collusion? Well, that is pretty naïve and unrealistically immature.
This decision has simply given the permission for more men who assault women sexually to feel justified. Why? Because they can.
Thankfully, he was found out now, however, he’ll reinvent himself professionally and go on to assault other women.
I guess Bill Cosby will also be found not guilty. He’s just been doing it longer and there are more victims involved. His victims have all met, been interviewed together; imagine the collusion there.
commented 2016-03-24 13:51:06 -0400
Can we get on with the real NEWS?
commented 2016-03-24 13:12:05 -0400
Women will always be thrown under the bus to allow the left wing political agenda to move forward. Remember the treatment of Clinton’s accusers both then and now.
The only thing that matters to a liberal is power…justice never even enters the conversation.
commented 2016-03-24 12:42:49 -0400
Ann – it’s why most women don’t put themselves through this. Women are always the ones on trial in any sexual assault case. I personally detest defence lawyers, they are the scum of the earth, in my humble opinion.
commented 2016-03-24 12:32:13 -0400
Next will be his lawsuit against the CBC to pay him for his emotional distress!
commented 2016-02-21 21:08:35 -0500
Of course he will be found not guilty he wasn’t on trial. The women who accused him were on trial. One of which has made a mockery of the whole thing . No wonder women do not report abuse.
commented 2016-02-17 01:02:40 -0500
The same players are all involved in Ghomeshi’s trial, and in my trial and in other trials that never make it to the media’s/citizens’ attention. Politicians, Police, Media, Activists, etc.

In my trial, the FIRST thing that The Crown attempted to do was obtain a MEDIA BLACKOUT. But, because the first complainant, Steph Guthrie, had talked to the media extensively both before and after my arrest, the Judge did not allow my trial to be blacked out. Guthrie, was guesting and/or producing TVO Agenda programs, before and after my arrest. Guthrie was performing in her TedTalk and elsewhere, bragging about how she fully supports online vigilantism. Guthrie was bragging about how many death threats she had received… and yet, the first day of my Toronto Twitter Trail, the Crown was attempting to use ONE threatening tweet to Guthrie from an anonymous Tweeter in South America as an excuse to get a media blackout. My lawyer and some of the Toronto media fought hard to keep my trial public.

The morning of my arrest, admitted friends of Guthrie in Toronto Media had what could only be pre-written media pieces ready to publish, published. I believe a media blackout would have made my trial more difficult to win… Guthrie et al would have been able to CONTROL THE NARRATIVE and therefore sway THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION. A media blackout would have reduced/removed Guthrie’s public responsibility/scrutiny to her allegations and accusations. The outrage to the failing Ghomeshi trial is I suspect another attempt to control the narrative by those who wanted Ghomeshi’s head. As if him losing his job, and being destroyed in the media wasn’t enough for his opponents.

Media Blackouts are said to be necessary to “protect the victims”, but I suspect the blackouts are used by some who are abusing the Canadian Legal System to their personal, financial and/or political gain. I must remind you all, Canadians and others, that Public Opinion has always been used by Nation States to control the citizens.

PLEASE READ… I would recommend a book called “Mobilizing For Chaos. The Story Of The New Propaganda” by O. W. Riegel, Yale University Press, 1934. This book explains the desperation all Governments had in 1934 to control their nations’s Public Opinion, and if possible, the Public Opinion of other nations. As you read this book, if you replace “radio/telegraph” with “internet/social media” it will be apparent that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
commented 2016-02-15 15:09:28 -0500
If victims have the right to anonymity, then the accused should also have the right to anonymity. Now Jian’s life is permanently altered even if acquitted. For a truly fair process, there should be a publication ban on the accused’s identity in sex assault cases.
commented 2016-02-15 12:07:13 -0500

It seems that you are, either, oblivious to their Agenda, or you’re already involved in it.

Either way, the chaos is coming and no one has a clue that it is. I intend to sit back, from my view in Texas, and watch the mayhem unfold.
commented 2016-02-15 10:29:15 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 1 day ago
It would be in keeping with our legal system that Ghomeshi is acquitted. Liberals love criminals and our legal system is extremely Liberal.

Better than “extremely contarded”.
commented 2016-02-15 10:27:16 -0500
Dieter Cunth: “I’d say that Ghomeshi, once the posterboy for the Progressive-Sodomite Agenda”

Fascinated by sodomy are we?
commented 2016-02-14 13:54:21 -0500
NOTE: I have long ago asked the Rebel webmasters to fix their site. There is no way, for example, to edit or even remove a double-post here, as I’ve just accidentally done. It’s one of the few sites that are not fixing their problems re the readers having that minimum amount of control of their content. Until they do, I will not support The Rebel financially, tho I like their content..
commented 2016-02-14 13:47:31 -0500
I very much agree with what Lauren Southern says here. I was a fan of the Q show on CBC radio (tho not a fan of CBC television) and I thought he was one of the better and more intelligent hosts for their radio broadcasts. As Southern says, his bedroom escapades are disturbing to some people, but I believe they were consensual, and his business, not ours. That being said, Ghomeshi may be found not guilty. But his career may have been destroyed by women who lied for their own gain. The way our court system is, the politically correct thing to do is to find him guilty anyway, in spite of no evidence for the allegations. I think he’s a victim of political correctness ans lies from the women here. If so, Ghomeshi will likely succeed in suing them (via a lawsuit against the CBC) for huge dollars and the settlement will come out of the public purse, as it always does. I think these women deserve to be sued royally. But out of my and your pockets?
commented 2016-02-14 13:47:31 -0500
I very much agree with what Lauren Southern says here. I was a fan of the Q show on CBC radio (tho not a fan of CBC television) and I thought he was one of the better and more intelligent hosts for their radio broadcasts. As Southern says, his bedroom escapades are disturbing to some people, but I believe they were consensual, and his business, not ours. That being said, Ghomeshi may be found not guilty. But his career may have been destroyed by women who lied for their own gain. The way our court system is, the politically correct thing to do is to find him guilty anyway, in spite of no evidence for the allegations. I think he’s a victim of political correctness ans lies from the women here. If so, Ghomeshi will likely succeed in suing them (via a lawsuit against the CBC) for huge dollars and the settlement will come out of the public purse, as it always does. I think these women deserve to be sued royally. But out of my and your pockets?
commented 2016-02-14 11:31:37 -0500
I even encountered an article, written by a former Crown prosecutor, calling for Marie Henein, Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer, to be investigated and disbarred for unprofessional conduct. While the writer denounced Henein’s feminist credentials (I guess to need those these days.) for presenting a competent and effective defence for an accused male, the article serves as an indication that there will be some major legal reforms that will make it even easier to accuse and convict men before the courts. There are already calls for Canada to declare war on its rape culture (ignoring Muslim men, of course) with new legislation and reforms to culture norms. And this is all coming to you by way of the next Slut Walk.
commented 2016-02-14 11:23:57 -0500
I’d say that Ghomeshi, once the posterboy for the Progressive-Sodomite Agenda, is proof that liberals are getting their just deserts. Feminists, liberals, sodomites, etc. all championed Ghomeshi as their voice and leader. There was even a movement that would have seen him drafted to run against Rob Ford for Mayor of Toronto. That’s how big he once was. The CBC made him their ambassador of cool progressivism. There wasn’t a cultural event or a progressive media circus that didn’t want Ghomeshi to be their star. But that star has fallen, and progressives are falling over themselves trying, pointing fingers, and demanding lynch-mob justice. Silly liberals.

It’s the Progressive-Sodomite Agenda that promotes weird sexual behaviors – panasexuality, pedestry, and every kink under the sun – as natural, normal, and – in the end – legal. Of course, when it all blows up in their faces, they try to turn it into a gender-war. The call is already out there for the burden of proof in such cases to fall on the accused male, a grave breach of jurisprudence if there ever was one. Soon, we will see declarations that Canada is a rape culture, that women should fear men, because all men are rapists. I can see Progressive-Sodomites even going so far as to declare that women may only be safe in relationships with other women, because women would never sexually assault each other. Become lesbians for your own protection, ladies.

All the while this is going on, Canada becomes an impoverished Islamic super-state and sponsor of terrorism.