Jian Ghomeshi, former star presenter of the English network of the CBC, has been found not guilty of four counts of sexual assault against him, as well as that of trying to choke, suffocate or strangle a person in order to overcome his resistance.
Judge William Horkins has taken over a month to study the evidence before him – primarily the testimony of the three complainants who accused the star of have sexually assaulted between 2002 and 2003.
The Crown had argued that the alleged victims had been unwavering in their allegations, but the judge more convinced by the defense, which argued that the three complainants had lied under oath and their testimony was unreliable.
The complainants had told the court that Jian Ghomeshi had suddenly and briefly showed violent during an appointment with him.
Jian Ghomeshi, aged 48, did not testify at trial, and he had shown little emotion throughout the two weeks of hearings, the Toronto courthouse. He had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
He is also accused in another sexual assault case, which will be heard by a new tribunal in June.