A quickly read and insincere apology read in Court has allowed Jian Ghomeshi to walk away from a second sexual harassment trial.
We can and we will debate for some time now whether or not ‘justice’ was accomplished in this matter.
A year from now, if Ghomeshi behaves, any official record of these accusations will be wiped clean from the public record.
But, in the court of public opinion, Ghomeshi’s behavior will not be so easily forgotten.
As revolting as Ghomeshi’s admitted actions were, we should not overlook the complicit role that Ghomeshi’s employer, the CBC, played in this debacle.
Yesterday, the complainant in this case, Kathryn Borel spoke candidly about the living hell that she endured working for Ghomeshi.
The worst part of Borel’s account is when she summoned up the courage to report Ghomeshi’s behavior.
Instead of acting on a harassment complaint, her CBC bosses told her that ‘yes, he could do those things to her and yes, it was her job to let him do those things’.
The message was clear; in the eyes of the CBC, Ghomeshi was a star and could use and abuse CBC staff at his whim.
It’s tragic that so many women were subjected to Ghomeshi’s disgusting behavior; it’s appalling that CBC management knew about it and allowed it to continue.