TORONTO (AP) — The first witness at the sexual assault trial of a former Canadian Broadcast Corp. radio host acknowledged Tuesday she emailed him a bikini-clad picture of herself a year after he allegedly punched her.
Jian Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. He is the former host of "Q," a popular radio show on culture heard on many public stations in the U.S.
Police launched an investigation in 2014 after nine women contacted various media sources to report incidents of assault and sexual assault involving Ghomeshi. The allegations against the star rocked Canada's vaunted public broadcaster.
The first witness, whose name is subject to a publication ban, testified Monday that Ghomeshi pulled her hair and punched her in the head multiple times at his home 13 years ago after they kissed. The woman said she wanted no contact with Ghomeshi after that.
But in a cross-examination on Tuesday, Ghomeshi lawyer Marie Henein produced two emails that show the woman contacted Ghomeshi twice one year after the alleged assault, including one early morning email that includes a picture of her on the beach in a bikini.
The woman said the emails were the only way she could get Ghomeshi to contact her, so she could ask him about the alleged assault. "I sent a photograph as bait," she said. The woman said she had no interest in Ghomeshi and was in another relationship.
"Good to see you again! Your show is still great," one email says.
Henein unveiled each line of the flirtatious emails one by one while stopping to grill the woman before unveiling the next line.
"You're now inviting the man who traumatized you to get in touch with you?" Henein asked incredulously.
Ghomeshi, who first gained fame as a member of the 1990s satirical pop band Moxy Fruvous, previously defended his actions in a 1,500-word statement on Facebook, saying women consented to having "rough sex" and that he was the victim of a disgruntled ex-girlfriend. The CBC fired him.
The case resumes Thursday.