Students were warned not to intern at Q over Ghomeshi
Just how much the media world knew about former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi before he was publicly accused of sexual assault is beginning to come to light. On the same weekend that saw a third woman come forward with allegations, journalism profs at Western University admitted they began warning students away from taking internships at his show, Q, after one intern reported Ghomeshi had repeatedly tried to touch her inappropriately, invite her out for drinks and send her flirty text messages.
Another student going through the program two years ago tells the Toronto Star that Q internships were considered "off limits" due to Ghomeshi's behaviour. At Carleton University, meanwhile, faculty are reviewing the records of every intern they ever sent to Q, on the strength of tweets from the now-infamous @bigearsteddy Twitter account that accuse Ghomeshi of assaulting Carleton media students, and a Q producer told Canadaland this weekend that they were well aware of Ghomeshi's behaviour.
A former classmate of Ghomeshi's at York, meanwhile, alleges in a Facebook post that the pattern goes as far back as his school days in 1988. The writer says residence staff allegedly met with all the women in her residence hall to warn them about being near Ghomeshi in co-ed washrooms, stairwells, or at house parties.
In other Ghomeshi news from the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a glowing profile of the fallen star, Star reporter Kevin Donovan gives the lowdown on one very awkward dinner, and an old video from the Moxy Fr端vous days will probably make everyone uncomfortable. On the bright side, the Ghomeshi story has started an international conversation about rape culture that has been a long time coming.
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