10/28/2014 09:56 am ET

Jian Ghomeshi: Accusations Against The Q Host Are Not About BDSM, But About Consent.

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Jian Ghomeshi, host of the popular Canadian radio show Q, is suing the CBC afterthe network fired him in the wake of allegations that he is a serial abuser of women. The story is a fairly straightforward one, as far as these things go: TheToronto Star has collected the stories of three separate women who dated Ghomeshi and told the paper he abused them and forced them into non-consensual sexual activities. A fourth woman, a colleague at the CBC, told the paper he grabbed her behind and whispered that he wanted to "hate fuck" her. Accusations of dating violence, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment, if true, are all good reasons for the CBC to terminate its relationship with Ghomeshi. But Ghomeshi is fighting back, not just by accusing these women of lying, but also by painting himself as an oppressed sexual minority who is being mistreated because he has a taste for BDSM.

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