Gay Iranian Refugee Claims he was Beaten and Raped After Being Outed in CBC Doc
Gay Iranian Refugee Claims he was Beaten and Raped After Being Outed in CBC Doc
Lawsuit names former CBC host Evan Solomon

A gay Iranian refugee is suing the CBC, former host Evan Solomon, and producer Farid Haerinejad, claiming he was outed against his will as a homosexual in the 2007 documentary, Out in Iran: Inside Iran’s Secret Gay World.

Farzam Dadashzadeh filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court on August 15, and his notice of civil claim describes the alleged aftermath of the film going viral in Iran after its original airing on CBC’s Sunday Night on Feb. 18, 2007. Dadashzadeh claims he was studying English and working as a hairstylist in Tehran at the time of filming, hoping to one day open an English-language school in the city. Other than an aunt living outside the Islamic republic, nobody in his family knew of his sexual orientation, according to the lawsuit.

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