Zoe Kazan SPEAKS OUT Against Jian Ghomeshi

Published on March 25, 2016

Actress ZOE KAZAN has come forward with details of an encounter with Canadian broadcaster JIAN GHOMESHI after he was acquitted of sexual assault charges on Thursday (24Mar16).

Zoe Kazan

The radio personality surrendered to police in Toronto in 2014 and was charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of choking following a police investigation of nine separate allegations of rape and abuse between 2002 and 2008.

Ghomeshi pleaded not guilty to the sexual assault charges, claiming his encounters with the women accusers were all consensual. And on Thursday, Justice William B. Horkins of the Ontario Court of Justice found him not guilty after an eight-day trial.

The judge concluded that the accusers’ stories were inconsistent and he also found a presence of reasonable doubt, subsequently concluding his acquittal.

Judge Horkins says in a statement, “At the end of this trial, a reasonable doubt exists because it is impossible to determine, with any acceptable degree of certainty or comfort, what is true and what is false.”

The verdict was upsetting to many, including protestors who stood outside the Toronto courthouse with signs which read, “Rape is Rape,” and “Stop Victim Blaming #WeBelieveSurvivors”.

The hashtag also trended on Twitter, and Revolutionary Road actress Kazan joined in on the conversation on social media by sharing her thoughts, detailing an encounter with Ghomeshi three years ago.

Kazan tweeted, “Not that I need personal experience to believe the women accusing Jian Ghomeshi, but let me say this: in 2013, Ghomeshi interviewed me… Before we went on air, he told me I was ‘just his type… Funny, sexy, just the right amount of damage,’ he said (after talking abt (about) 3 mins).

“This within the context of a professional interview, with producers in the room. I was shaken, but tried to hide it. Gotta be game, right? Later he showed up @ party I was at & wdnt (wouldn’t) leave me alone. His unwanted attention made me feel like I’d ‘asked for it’. I felt dirty & sad.”

Jian Ghomeshi

She continued, “I think of the way he made me feel, without ever laying a hand on me, and I tremble with rage for the women who were denied justice today. This behavior is insidious, but so is a culture that condones it, by turning a blind eye, or shaming the victim. We internalize these mores… I thought it was just me when it happened I thought, what’s wrong with me? what did I do to make this person treat me like that?”

Author Kelly Oxford responded to Kazan to reveal she also had a similar encounter with Jian, tweeting, “this is exactly how I felt after my interview with him in 2013. Exactly.”

Ghomeshi, who is free on bail, was fired from his job at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 2014, after the allegations surfaced in the media.

Another charge of overcoming resistance by choking will be tried separately in June (16).