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Ghomeshi fallout: Chief Blair renews call for victims to come forward

TORONTO – Bill Blair is renewing his call for any victims of sexual assault to come forward, after three women brought forth allegations against former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi.

“Any victim of a crime, any victim particularly of a sexual assault, I want to encourage them to come forward,” Chief Blair told reporters at police headquarters Monday morning. “We acknowledge how difficult it is.”

Three women have filed abuse complaints against Ghomeshi though including Trailer Park Boys actor Lucy DeCoutere.

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But nine women – most anonymously – have told various media outlets Ghomeshi allegedly physically or sexually assaulted them.

The CBC has also brought in a third party to investigate allegations of workplace sexual harassment.

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Ghomeshi has not been charged with any crime and insists his actions were consensual.

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Global News has reached out for comment from Ghomeshi numerous times, with no response.

Police have asked anyone with photo or video evidence of the alleged abuse to come forward. Chief Blair refused to say Monday whether investigators have received additional evidence or if any more victims have come forward.