Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi will be avoiding the outstanding sexual assault charge by signing a peace bond, according to a report by CBC News.
Ghomeshi, 48, was acquitted of several counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking earlier this year, after the judge said that the accusers had damaged their credibility by lying and colluding.
Not included in the first trial was a charge of sexual assault based on an alleged incident from 2008 involving a former CBC employee. That charge was slated to be reviewed in a separate trial in early June, though Crown attorney Michael Callaghan said he would revisit the evidence after the acquittal of the prior charges.
But now, according to the CBC story, which broke Monday evening and cites a “source close to the case,” Callaghan is expected to withdraw the remaining count on Wednesday, on the condition that Ghomeshi signs a peace bond, which “may include a provision to stay away from the complainant…for at least a year.”
A peace bond is a court order that requires, among other terms to be set out by the judge, good behaviour, and does not result in any finding of guilt or conviction.
More to come.