Brown calls on ac­cusers to press charges

Waterloo Region Record - - Front Page - SHAWN JEF­FORDS AND PAOLA LORIGGIO

TORONTO — Pa­trick Brown’s de­nial of sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions went up an­other notch as the for­mer leader of On­tario’s Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives chal­lenged his ac­cusers to go to po­lice and file for­mal com­plaints.

In a lengthy Face­book post on Wed­nes­day, Brown also ac­cused CTV News of defama­tion for broadcasting the al­le­ga­tions from two un­named women that date back to when he was a fed­eral MP.

The ac­cu­sa­tions, which prompted Brown’s res­ig­na­tion last month, have not been ver­i­fied by The Cana­dian Press. In late Jan­uary, CTV re­ported that one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was still in high school and un­der the le­gal drink-

ing age when Brown al­legedly asked her to per­form oral sex on him. An­other woman said she was a univer­sity stu­dent work­ing in Brown’s con­stituency of­fice when he sex­u­ally as­saulted her at his home, CTV re­ported.

Late Tues­day, CTV re­ported that the first ac­cuser now said she had not been in high school or un­der the le­gal drink­ing age dur­ing the al­leged in­ci­dent. The woman said the al­tered time­line did not change the core of her al­le­ga­tions and noted she had been sub­ject to de­mean­ing and misog­y­nis­tic com­ments on­line since the story broke. Brown called the change in the nar­ra­tive “mon­u­men­tal.”

“Here is my mes­sage to CTV News. You lied. You de­famed me,” he said in his Face­book post. “And here is my mes­sage to my ac­cusers — both of them. If you truly stand by your al­le­ga­tions, then I urge you to con­tact Barrie Po­lice and have them lay charges.”

CTV News said it stands by its re­port­ing. “Pa­trick Brown’s al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing our re­port­ing are false,” CTV’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Matthew Gar­row said. “His at­tacks on our jour­nal­is­tic prac­tices are ground­less and wrong. CTV News con­tin­ues to ask Pa­trick Brown if he thinks the two women ac­cus­ing him of sex­ual mis­con­duct are ly­ing. He has yet to re­spond.”

The woman who had al­tered her time­line on her al­le­ga­tions told CTV she stands by her ac­cu­sa­tions. “There is noth­ing in what Pa­trick Brown al­leges that un­der­mines the core truth of what I have ex­pe­ri­enced with him,” she said in a state­ment posted on­line by the broad­caster. “The com­ments that I have been sub­jected to ig­nore al­to­gether the abuse of power by an older sober man over a young in­tox­i­cated woman in this case.”

The woman’s lawyer, David Butt, told CTV it’s not un­usual for “col­lat­eral de­tails” to fade over time and com­plainants shouldn’t be blamed be­cause it of­ten takes years for them to find the courage to speak out. “These sorts of is­sues arise rou­tinely in his­tor­i­cal cases and can­not be blamed on sur­vivors, be­cause com­ing for­ward is such a dif­fi­cult act,” he said.

Brown said in an ear­lier Face­book post both women’s ac­counts con­tain dis­crep­an­cies that show their ac­cu­sa­tions are false. He also al­leged both ac­cusers know CTV re­porters so­cially, and that the broad­caster has left out con­tra­dict­ing wit­ness ac­counts in its re­ports.

CTV re­ported the al­leged in­ci­dent with the first ac­cuser hap­pened in Brown’s bed­room with the door closed, but Brown said in his Face­book post that at the time of the al­leged in­ci­dent, he lived in an open con­cept apart­ment and the bed­room didn’t have a door. Brown fur­ther al­leged his sec­ond ac­cuser ac­tu­ally tried to kiss him.

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