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 2016-02-14 07:10:47 -0500
Note: I said they are another ‘gender’ not human. For some reason when I put a colon between the two phrases this site changed the word gender to red print and removed the words “not human” after the colon…sometimes I have seen lines through people’s comments here too…can’t remember what I did that put lines through something I wrote…it seems there is a signal from certain symbols that changes things you type.
commented 2016-02-14 07:06:30 -0500
Attilla…you were dealing with a female sociopath from the sound of it…the collusion of her friends is not to be envied (you never know what she did to them either)……anyone dealing with a sociopath should take your advice and tape everything…keep good records…best advice ever is, once you have established you are with a sociopath GET OUT IMMEDIATELY and never come back…there are signs to identify them.
Read “The Sociopath Next Door”.

I believe that much of the problems between men and women are DIRECTLY related to experience with a sociopath…male or female.

Sociopaths are impossible to overcome because they have no conscience at all and can tell a lie with all innocence of manner. We all have to realize that our experience with such people should not make us hate all people of that gender…they are ANOTHER gender. They hurt everyone, even their friends of the same gender and they even are known to destroy corporations.

Sounds like Ghomeshi AND his female ‘friends’ were all cut out of the same cloth…one psycho against another…that is what made it so interesting…hopefully the courts and the people of Canada don’t lose because of them for that would be typical of those on the receiving end of such people.
commented 2016-02-14 02:55:28 -0500
The law needs to be harder on people that make false accusations. Lauren, this reminds me a lot of your video on the women that made false accusations towards men.
commented 2016-02-14 01:31:11 -0500
An appeal required by the Court should be considered, considering the Crown’s failure:
The Crown did not properly prepare the witnesses or present their evidence
A misunderstanding of the law, it’s wrong and needs reform, it is not up to the accused to prove consent (even where the act is choking or hitting). That should not be the case. Where the victim is drugged or incapacitated (no matter by whom or for what reason), the law should proceed on the basis that consent was impossible. Where the act that is proven is violent (i.e. choking, whipping, punching etc), the law should shift the burden of proof of consent to the accused, which it does not yet clearly do.

Interesting. A reverse burden of proof would actually make sense in that situation.

The judge could simply make an interlocutory finding on the evidence that a violent act occurred and then the burden of proving consent would shift to the assailant.
commented 2016-02-13 23:03:03 -0500
Ghomeshi and his harem are all idiots, but this has been fun to watch play out legally. Get the chips and dip out! Quite the entertainment.
commented 2016-02-13 23:00:45 -0500
Lots of great comments on this story. I for one am always suspicious of – if not collusion – then what I call the “pile-on tactic”. For decades now, women have claimed “all men stick together”, which if course, is patently false, but they fall for it, and feel they all have to “stick together”. So once some woman lies, they don’t question it, they instantly jump to her defense making up similar stories, piling on. Then, as an unexpected benefit, they found that others, including the press, would fall into the trap of believing it because “there’s too many similar complaints”. This has now become the intended outcome. “Oh, if we all say the same thing, everyone will think so many similar complaints will act as proof” say the manipulating women to each other at their secret meetings. In this sense, Lauren is absolutely right, when she says it reminds her of Greg Allen’s case. Women having their “secret meetings” to plot and scheme!!
The press falls for this, the same as they fall for “97% of scientists c agree . . . .”

Attila. I went through a vicious divorce too, and recording everything got me off a total of 13 false charges. Eventually, I learned how to file a private charge (since it was the police that assisted my ex in the abduction of my kids I couldn’t exactly go to them!) and filed abduction charges on my own. Every charge against me eventually dismissed, as no prospect of conviction. Absolutely – record everything!!

Joan. You may well be right it was revenge for him. It reminds me of Michael Jackson. Taken advantage of time and again, he finally got pissed off and went on the offensive, adopting the jail-house saying; do unto others, BEFORE they do unto you!!

Elena – well put!
commented 2016-02-13 18:26:27 -0500
Wow, Attila. You sure were put through the wringer. Of course women can collude and, as you say, quite frequently do in family court. Of course, either sex can collude to harm innocents – sometimes men and women collude together to harm political opponents – but your PI friend is 100% correct. Keep a mic open! Record the SOBs. Pretty hard to refute such evidence.

Which is where DeCoutere et al proved themselves real amateurs in collusion. They didn’t understand just how well-connected and sophisticated Ghomeshi is. They didn’t think he’d be more organized and determined to win than they were, that he’d collect and keep evidence.

There is no doubt in my mind that Ghomeshi’s accusers are predators, that they sought to victimize Ghomeshi. They failed because they underestimated their quarry.

My view is that Ghomeshi is a very accomplished predator. Yes, he enjoys BDSM but even more than that, he enjoys exploiting fringe members of the BDSM community.

Ghomeshi’s accusers consented to rough sex they thought meant rape role play, a little hair tug, a bum smack or two, not hard-core autoerotic asphyxia and a fist to the side of the head. They agreed to a little rough stuff they believed would not hurt them because they wanted to use Ghomeshi’s fame to further their own career interests. Ghomeshi knew that and he exploited their impure motives. He preyed on them not for sexual pleasure but for revenge. It’s so damn lonely at the top.

But hard punches to the head can cause brain damage and deep-throat fellacio where the man forces his penis down his partner’s throat, cutting off her breathing until she (or he) loses consciousness, can kill. It’s dangerous and it’s criminal.

Both accuser and accused in the Ghomeshi case are, in my view, guilty. But in this case, the law favours the accused and while I condemn his exploitation of women, I applaud the justice system that will likely find Ghomeshi not guilty. Predation via collusion is wrong no matter the guilt of the victim.
commented 2016-02-13 17:43:04 -0500
Wait a minute! Justy and Ghomeshi? Now there’s every woman’s dream….not! lol
commented 2016-02-13 17:32:15 -0500
interesting when found Not Guilty he will sue the CBC…I mean us…same thing never mind
commented 2016-02-13 17:20:04 -0500
As an abstinent single person….come on, it takes two to tango (or more) and these women and man enjoyed every minute. So deal with it.
commented 2016-02-13 16:05:13 -0500
What anyone does in his bedroom is his/her personal matter and the fact that not everyone likes or understands Ghomeshi’s sexual preferences does not make him guilty of abuse. How is connecting your “abuser” after the fact is not a consent? What should be a consent then? How the man who is accused of unconsensual sex, can prove himself innocent? -looks like he needs to ask a written consent from a woman before even flirting with her…otherwise he is risking his reputation, job and even a freedom! Maybe it’s time to wake up and admit, that if woman does not want sexual encounter of any kind, she can stop it right there ( I am not talking about cases when a woman is caught by a rapist on a dark alley..). Ladies, have some class! Do not call yourself a victim, if you send photos in a bikini….victims do not continue flirting!!! Woman are not discriminated in Canada, they have the ability to stop a man from abusing them. If the want it.
commented 2016-02-13 14:45:36 -0500
Bunch of groupies got pissed off when they realized he was using them as much as they were using him. Tolerance for abuse is directly proportional to size of the abuser’s coattails. This is true for men and women.
commented 2016-02-13 14:13:57 -0500
Socialist hate mongers attacking socialist hate mongers. Not seeing the issue here.
commented 2016-02-13 13:04:28 -0500
Birds of a feather and all that.
commented 2016-02-13 13:02:20 -0500
It would be in keeping with our legal system that Ghomeshi is acquitted. Liberals love criminals and our legal system is extremely Liberal.
commented 2016-02-13 11:54:03 -0500
My suspicion is that there is already political pressure on the judge to decide for the complainants. This will not only be a gross miscarriage of justice, but proof positive that Canada is officially a tyrannical state. The Progressive-Sodomite Agenda runs Canada now; Canadians will be shoved into the depths of poverty, and the prisons will be filled with the victims of judicial miscarriages.

This is not bad news, as it will reveal that the time will soon be ripe to dismantle Canada. Canada is infected with incompetent officialdom, corrupt police, and no military to speak of. Tell me that it’s not ripe for the picking.

JT is determined to build his North American Islamic superstate – welcoming Iranian officials to Canada will be the first sign. Then, becoming a champion of a Palestinian state (in the place of Israel) as well as welcoming (and handsomely paying) George Galloway to be his special advisor on the matter. Given time, the madness in Ottawa will be apparent.

But Canada will be ripe for the picking.

Western Canada will welcome annexation by the US. The Montana State/National Guards could defeat the Canadian military in a few hours. What US President doesn’t want to expand the US?

JT will call out for his allies – Hezbolla, Hamas, and the Swedes – but none are up to the task.

America will become bigger and stronger; Canada will end, and we should all be very thankful for that.
commented 2016-02-13 11:52:01 -0500
Ugly , neurotic , narcissistic ’ progressives’ hook-up & we throw-up !
commented 2016-02-13 11:31:41 -0500
Attila, your story reminds me of last year where Trudeau suspended 2 MPs because an unnamed NDP woman said they kissed her without her permission. These guys have lost their lives and the accuser didn’t even have to give her name.
commented 2016-02-13 11:16:20 -0500
If he sues CBC; then will we see the “video”?
commented 2016-02-13 11:10:23 -0500
If Ghomeshi sues for wrongful dismissal this will put the CBC in a very bad place. If they fight Ghomeshi and lose it makes them look incompetent and just reacting to public pressure. If they do not fight Ghomeshi it still makes the CBC look incompetent for basing their decision on allegations. If they fight Ghomeshi and win then the CBC will need to provide evidence that he sexually harassed/attacked one or more women. Any of these three scenarios will not be good for the CBC. This could be good entertainment as the CBC tries not to report a scandal about the CBC.
commented 2016-02-13 10:13:37 -0500
Women colluding? Have I got news for you! Women do this every single day in Family and Criminal Court. As Lauren, I have no support for Jian Ghomeshi and find violent sex to be repugnant, abhorrent and sick. What drew me to the Ghomeshi case in trial is exposing female collusion against men, that usually goes unchecked. I personally experienced it and while my accuser went nowhere with it, the accusation has permanently altered my life and my well being.

I have audio recorded evidence of women colluding against me, with the intent of totally destroying me, my character and reducing me to jail. Here are some of the audio recordings. “Attila may not want to leave the house. Talk to Susan she will show you how to get him to leave. Al did’t want to leave but he eventually did. Use whatever you need to, to gain control.” In direct phone conversations with me, “I feel so empowered, I could chew you up and spit you out! I will have you put in jail and will enjoy doing so! Mention anything to CAS about my drinking, and I will have you out of this house the next day!”

The silver bullet was used in an attempt to deliver a fatal shot in Family Court. Thank God, the judge, a woman, had the intuition and skill to see her lie against me, she was nearly held in contempt of court when her plan began to fall apart. She lost her motion against me. Her malicious plan, failed. This false allegation would have had me arrested on the spot. The good news for me, I had the audio recorded evidence to unequivocally prove my innocence. Moreover, it proved her perjured sworn statements. Thank you Doug, a PI and 30 year police veteran, for telling me to tape record everything.

This woman had no hesitation to commit perjury in an attempt to deliver that devastating blow, that would have 100% destroyed me putting me in jail under the worst possible context. Had I not had my audio recorded evidence of two specific women colluding to destroy me, it would have been my single voice, against the voice of a number of women. I would have lost without any hope of defending against a group of women colluding against me.

My advice to men, ABR. Always be recording. Hord everything. You never know when a woman or a group of women, will decide to destroy you. You better have some solid evidence, or may end up, destroyed or even jailed with your life never to be the same again. The power women have achieved over men has made it, in my view, too risky for men to be anywhere near a female. When we see women arguing that if a bunch of women come forward the allegations must be true, and we must believe a female complainant unconditionally, then the door is open, for false allegations. Women know, the power they hold over men and know they can destroy a man by merely accusing him of sexually assaulting her. I find this condition extremely disturbing for men!
commented 2016-02-13 08:45:24 -0500
He’ll be back to work in year and people will behave as though it never happened. He’ll probably even be hailed as a hero… all he needs to do is use his get out of jail free CBC card … he’ll then pass go and collect 200 (thousand) tax payers dollars.
commented 2016-02-13 08:33:39 -0500
Was he not fired for cause? Telling a co-worker he wanted to hate-eff her. Did the bosses see video that he provided that caused them to break their ties? Video? I’m not interested in the re-habilitation of Ghomeshi’s brand.
commented 2016-02-13 07:46:53 -0500
Why do we all get the feeling that this will end very badly SOMEDAY, no matter how the sentence goes? We do, don’t we?

The real issue isn’t that the women continued to see him socially after the abuse…crazy is as crazy does…it is that they (knowingly?) lied to the police when giving evidence…in court that would be perjury…if what we are told is correct, then they have committed a crime against the justice system and against women who run into Ghomeshi in the future who have been really set up for who knows what at his lovely? creepy “hands”…

Why was decades old evidence of Ghomeshi’s choking of fellow students even at York University not admissible relating to this case? Not having studied law, it amazes me how so much “inadmissible” evidence seems to be not only directly related to cases,but also verified as necessary to understanding the person’s practical behaviour and essential to understanding the outcome. Yet this evidence often cannot be used in court…allowing victimizers to go free for lack of a full knowledge of their actual life practise. I wonder if victims get the same consideration…or should, for that matter? Why aren’t all the relevant facts admissible?

Paul Smith…c’mon…lying knows no gender! But lying in legal cases does deserve that justice be served and that, if these women have in fact lied knowingly, that they not only pay Ghomeshi’s court costs, but also the damages of fallout from this case…i.e. the CBC’s expenses when Ghomeshi sues for wrongful dismissal…Why should taxpayers have to pay for the effects of Ghomeshi’s ‘wrongful dismissal’ by the CBC. Part of that responsibility lies also in the CBC’s knee jerk reaction that was excessive in the extreme…they didn’t need to fire him…only put him on a leave of absence until the case was settled…the person who fired him and these women should pay the piper if JG sues the CBC. Then they will learn that PC (political correctness) has a price.
commented 2016-02-13 06:36:54 -0500
Lying women? Say it ain’t so! Big surprise, sue the clits off them.
commented 2016-02-13 01:25:10 -0500
It’s difficult to believe the complainants after their inconsistent testimony. I believe Jian Ghomeshi though, when he admitted to “rough sex” and “BDSM”. Nowhere among the carefully scripted and recorded email messages, does Ghomeshi specifically ask for consent to punch or choke anyone, and consent is the issue here. It’s notable that decades ago York University held a meeting about Ghomeshi’s penchant for punching and choking other students, and Ghomeshi himself produced photographic evidence of the same. The crown should have called these witnesses to corroborate the testimony of the complainants.

Ghomeshi didn’t meet the women he is accused of assaulting at fetish clubs; he met most of them through work. I find it difficult to believe that dozens of random women would consent to violence of this type. We know that this defendant engaged in these activities with others, so on the balance of the evidence, I believe the complainants.. Even if women do continue contact with someone who has abused them, that isn’t consent. If it were, then domestic violence would not be against the law in Canada.
commented 2016-02-13 01:09:46 -0500
Liza that is true but seeing the CBC get shamed by him would be worth every penny.
commented 2016-02-13 01:08:08 -0500
Who the hell knows what the truth is in this case? I wonder how many progressives are sure Cosby is guilty though , the proof is about the same level.
commented 2016-02-13 00:50:28 -0500
Judy, who the hell waits 13 years to report a crime? She has got to be mentally ill!