Ghomeshi withdraws lawsuit against CBC

CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi is shown in a handout photo. The CBC says Ghomeshi has withdrawn a $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.THE CANADIAN PRESS/CBC

TORONTO – The CBC says its lawyers have reached an agreement with former radio host Jian Ghomeshi and he has withdrawn his $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says “the civil suit has been dismissed with costs in favour of CBC.”

He says Ghomeshi is expected to pay $18,000 in legal costs to the CBC.

In his lawsuit, the former “Q” radio host alleged defamation and breach of confidence.

The agreement reached between lawyers for the CBC and Ghomeshi still needs to be formalized through a court — a step Thompson says is expected in the near future.

Ghomeshi was fired by the public broadcaster last month amid allegations of “abusive behaviour” from numerous women.

Police are investigating complaints by at least three of them.

Ghomeshi has denied the allegations, arguing in a Facebook posting that he engaged in “rough sex” with women, but insisting it was always consensual.