Musings —05.12.2016 07:32 AM—
Borel, as you probably know, was the complainant in the second Jian Ghomeshi trial, the one that had been slated to start in June. As you also undoubtedly know, that trial is not going to happen, now, because Ghomeshi agreed to apologize to Borel, who was a producer on Ghomeshi’s CBC radio show. He also agreed to stay away from her for a year. No weapons, lots of therapy, etc.
So Borel spoke to the assembled media after the deal was done in Court. She was very articulate and effective. To me, her statement sounded like it had been lawyered, because it was pretty careful, and because it suggested an understanding of the law that had completely escaped the three previous complainants (and the Crown and the police, frankly).
But Borel said one thing that blew me away, frankly, and no one else seems to have picked up on it:
“Up until recently, I didn’t even internalize that what [Ghomeshi] was doing to my body was sexual assault. Because when I went to the CBC for help, what I received in return was a directive that, yes, he could do this and, yes, it was my job to let him. The relentless message to me from my celebrity boss and the national institution we worked for were that his whims were more important than my humanity or my dignity.”
That bolded part, to me, is truly extraordinary. It must be true, too, because the CBC put the entirety of it on their web site, as seen here. They didn’t redact her statement or edit it, as they had initially done.
As a result, we can only conclude what Borel said was true – she was, in fact, “directed” by her superiors to submit to sexual assault. That’s what she said, and CBC is not disputing it in any way.
I’m just a simple Calgary lawyer, but my questions therefore are:
- Who directed Borel to submit to sexual assault?
- Have they been disciplined by the CBC for this? Why not, if not?
- Are they going to be charged criminally for facilitating sexual assault? Why not, if not?
As someone whose tax dollars go to the CBC, and who pays the salaries of Borel’s anonymous bosses – who function like pimps, apparently – I would like to know who directed this woman to submit to repeated sexual assaults, please and thanks.
I suspect lots of other folks will want to know, too.