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Ghomeshi released on $100K bail

Jian Ghomeshi was released on $100,000 bail in a court appearance Wednesday afternoon, after being arrested and charged by Toronto police earlier that morning. The disgraced CBC broadcaster appeared in court to face four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking to overcome resistance - which, according to the criminal code, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Ghomeshi, who was described as tired-looking by onlookers, wore a white shirt and dark blazer and stared straight ahead through the court appearance. Ghomeshi must live with his mother as part of his bail conditions, as well as surrender his passport and remain in Ontario. His next hearing is scheduled for January 8.

(Update: 1:55pm): Jian Ghomeshi's lawyer Marie Henein says that the former Q host will plead not guilty to the charges, and will address allegations against him "fully and directly" at trial.

Photo by Ryan Bolton.


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