Jian Ghomeshi is due in court on Wednesday.
The outstanding sex assault charge against Ghomeshi may be resolved by way of a peace bond on Wednesday, which would mean no trial or criminal record for the former CBC host.
The surprising revelation comes just two months after Ghomeshi was acquitted on several sex assault charges dating back to the early 2000’s.
Tuesday afternoon, the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General announced the court date, though gave no reason for it.
Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer and other parties to the case have not responded to requests for comment, but a source has told The Canadian Press that Ghomeshi is expected to sign a peace bond and have the sexual assault charge withdrawn.
It would force Ghomeshi to “keep the peace and be of good behaviour” for a time frame of up to a year. It could also prohibit him from contacting the complainant among other rules.
Ghomeshi would have no criminal record, and if the bond expires without incident he could apply to have Toronto Police destroy his fingerprints and mug shot.
Before Tuesday’s revelation, it was believed that Ghomeshi would not return to court until June 6th, when a five-day related to a workplace incident was set to begin.
Ghomeshi is accused of groping a female colleague and grinding himself into her backside at the CBC building in Toronto on February 7th, 2008.
The woman’s identity is protected by a court-imposed publication ban.
In his first trial, the former host of CBC’s flagship program “Q” was accused of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
He was found not guilty of all charges in March after an intense eight-day trial that heard explosive allegations from three complainants.
The judge felt the Crown had not proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt.