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Ghomeshi a 'perfect gentleman' who suddenly turned violent, trial told

Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm EDT

The first witness at Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial says she initially didn’t feel she could complain to police about him.

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The woman, who first met the former CBC radio host in December 2002, says she was kissing him standing up when he yanked her to her knees by her hair and punched her hard on the side of the head.

She says she was very upset and just wanted to curl up and cry after an incident at his house in 2003.

She tells court she thought she had no recourse and that no one would listen to her.

In October 2014, when the former CBC star wrote on Facebook that he enjoyed “rough” but consensual sex, she felt she needed to speak out.

After former Toronto police chief urged women to come forward, she says she decided to go to police to complain.

The former host of CBC Radio’s popular culture show “Q” has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.