These Powerful Photos Capture the Outrage Over Ghomeshi Verdict
Canadian radio personality Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted of four accusations of sexual assault and one of choking in a Toronto court Friday.
The trial was the first of two sexual assault trials Ghomeshi is facing after three former female employees accused him of sexual abuse and harassment between 2002 and 2003.
Many are outraged at the verdict. Protestors gathered outside the Old City Hall court in Toronto court Friday.
"Stop victim blaming #WeBelieveSurvivors," "rape is rape" and "Ghomeshi is not an isolated incident" were among the most prevalent messages on protestor's signs.
Marchers gathered outside before marching through the streets.
"We must fight against the stereotype that all sexual assault complaints are truthful," judge William Horkins said in a scathing verdict in which he accused one of the victims of conspiring to "sink" Ghomeshi.
Horkins said the accusers wanted to "sink the prick" because "he's a fucking piece of shit," Vice reporter Hilary Beaumont tweeted live from the courtroom.