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Former CBC Radio personality Jian Ghomeshi, pictured here in the Q studio in Toronto in 2012

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Eight women have now come forward to multiple media outlets with stories of suffering aggression at the hands of former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.

Most of the women have talked to the Toronto Star as part of its investigation into allegations against Mr. Ghomeshi. Two have spoken to the CBC, which has broadcast one of the interviews.

One of the women interviewed by The Star, actor Lucy DeCoutere, has agreed to be identified.

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According to the paper, Ms. DeCoutere, who plays Lucy on Trailer Park Boys, alleges that in 2003, Mr. Ghomeshi, without warning or consent, choked her until she could not breathe. Ms. DeCoutere alleges he then slapped her three times hard on the side of her head.

"He did not ask if I was into it. It was never a question. It was shocking to me.

"The men I have spent time with are loving people," said Ms. DeCoutere, who is also a captain in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

On Wednesday evening, CBC Radio's flagship current affairs show As It Happens interviewed a woman who said she was physically abused twice by Mr. Ghomeshi about 10 years ago. She told host Carol Off the attacks came without warning.

The first occurred at the end of a date, when Mr. Ghomeshi allegedly grabbed her hair and pulled her head back.

Despite the incident, the woman, who was granted anonymity by CBC, said she saw Mr. Ghomeshi again. "I thought, maybe he's a little too rough and I can sort it out,'" she explained.

But on the second date, the woman said she and Mr. Ghomeshi were in his living room when he "grabbed my hair again, but even harder, threw me in front of him on the ground, and started closed-fist pounding me in the head. Repeatedly, until my ears were ringing, and I started to cry." She told Ms. Off she did not struggle. "I was in shock. When you get hit in the head, everything rings and it's hard to do anything."

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She added: "He didn't ask me if I like to be hit. I wasn't expecting it, and he hit me repeatedly, on the head. On one side of my head, over and over. And I'm on the floor, then I'm in tears. He said: 'You need to go.'"

She added: "We were fully clothed. We weren't having sex."

The woman said she did not go to the police. "It's too difficult to prove, it's embarrassing. In the moment itself, myself, I was so distraught, all I wanted to do was curl up in a corner," she said. "But when this came to light a few days ago, it gave me permission to speak, and I thought, maybe someone will listen to me now."

On Sunday evening, Mr. Ghomeshi said in a Facebook post that the broadcaster fired him for engaging in sexual relations that he said were consensual. His post appeared hours before the Toronto Star published a story in which three unnamed women said he abused them. A fourth woman said she was sexually harassed as a member of the staff of his show, Q.

As It Happens co-host Jeff Douglas said on Wednesday that The Current on Thursday morning will air an interview with another woman "about an act of aggression by Jian Ghomeshi." He added: "There will be more on The National on CBC television tomorrow evening."

Representatives for Mr. Ghomeshi did not respond to a request for comment by The Globe on Wednesday.

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