An Ontario Court judge has acquitted former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking, saying there were significant issues raised about the credibility of complainants.

Judge William Horkins said the evidence from all three women not only suffered from inconsistencies but was “tainted by outright deception.”

After Horkins delivered his ruling, Ghomeshi, 48, hugged his mother, sister and other supporters who sat behind him in the courtroom.

The trial, which began in Toronto on Feb. 1, 2016, lasted eight days. Ghomeshi had pleaded not guilty to all the charges, all related to assaults alleged to have taken place from 2002 to 2003. 

The identities of two of the complainants in the case are protected by a publication ban, but actress Lucy DeCoutere, also an air force captain, went to court to lift the ban on her name.

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