Former CBC broadcaster and Q cultural affairs show host Jian Ghomeshi pleaded not guilty in a downtown Toronto courthouse Thursday to five charges, including four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Wearing a dark suit and tie, the 48 year-old spoke only two words in court, “not guilty,” when asked how he pleaded.
Judge William Horkins then cleared the public and media from the courtroom to deal with a motion.
Ghomeshi’s trial begins Feb. 1st, 2016 and will be by judge only.
Ghomeshi is also facing one charge of sexual assault that is being tried separately. That trial is scheduled to begin next June.
The CBC fired Ghomeshi last October after executives saw what they described as graphic evidence that he had physically injured a woman.
The one-time radio star has admitted to engaging in rough sex, but said it was consensual.
The alleged assaults for which he was originally charged occurred between 2002 and 2008.
Ghomeshi’s $100,000 bail conditions require him to remain in Ontario and live with his mother.