Update: Police Investigate Jian Ghomeshi

[CN: intimate partner abuse, violence, assault, workplace harassment, BDSM discussion. For background on ths story, see here and here and here.]

Three women, including actor Lucy Decoutere, have gone to the police with their complaints about Jian Ghomeshi. The police have not yet interviewed Ghomeshi, but are appealing to the public for information. In particular, they are looking for photographs, videos, chat messages, and similar evidence.

There would seem to be plenty of people with information of some sort. Students at the University of Western Ontario were, apparently, warned away from internships at Q. In a podcast, Jesse Brown interviewed Roberto Veri, a CBC employee who describes the stories that circulated in the workplace about Ghomeshi, and the behavior that he actually witnessed. In the interview, he corroborates the story of the former employee who has already brought her story to the media, and explains why he did not go forward at the time.

According to an article by Kevin Donovan at the Toronto Star, Ghomeshi vaguely threatened him in September, probably in order to head off the story." You need to watch yourself...People in this city need to understand that I have a long memory. You need to understand that and be very, very careful." How nice. And it apparently never occurred to him (as Donovan observes) that some of those "long memories" might well involve Ghomeshi attacking women.

In other news, the Polaris Music Prize has removed Ghomeshi from its jury.

A U.S. newspaper re-ran a flattering, pre-allegations profile of Ghomeshi over the weekend. Whoops.

Also: I hate to break it to Rich Copely of the Lexington Herald-Leader, but when your big concern in this story is whether or not you'll still have a nifty radio show to listen to, you are kind of definitely missing the point.

More to the point: the #BeenRapedNeverReported tag has provided many people a chance to explain why they chose not to report. The Huffington Post Canada covered the tag yesterday as well.

If there are more updates, I will post them here.

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