Ian Baruma, a top editor at The New York Review of Books, left the magazine Wednesday amid backlash over Jian Ghomeshi’s essay published online last week. “I can confirm that Ian Buruma is no longer the editor of The New York Review of Books,” Nicholas During, a publicist for the magazine, told The New York Times. It was not confirmed whether Baruma resigned or was fired. Ghomeshi, a former Canadian radio broadcaster, was acquitted of sexual-assault charges in 2016 despite allegations of abuse brought by over 20 women. Critics of Ghomeshi’s essay accused the disgraced broadcaster of downplaying the assault accusations against him and attempting to elicit sympathy. Following the essay’s publication, Baruma told Slate: “I’m no judge of the rights and wrongs of every allegation. How can I be?” Ghomeshi’s essay, along with two others under the headline “The Fall of Men,” is set to appear in the magazine’s October 11 print issue.
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