Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford being sued by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly having him beaten up in jail to stop him exposing ‘illicit behaviours’.
Rob Ford, the current Mayor of Toronto, is being sued by his sister’s ex-boyfriend for allegedly conspiring to have him beaten up in jail to prevent him from leaking information about his ‘ illicit behaviours’.
In the lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday by Scott MacIntyre, it alleges that the politician was behind an assault in a Toronto jail that occurred in March 2012.
MacIntyre claims that the Mayor was behind the alleged attack, which he instructed to ensure he kept quiet about Ford’s alcohol and drug abuse.
The suit alleges that McIntyre was threatened with ‘dire consequences’ if he did not remain quiet. McIntyre was remanded in custody after being charged with threatening the mayor by saying he would expose his ‘unsavoury activities’ to the press.
MacIntrye claims that Ford conspired with his fellow football coach Payman Aboodowleh. Together, he says, they instructed a former player who was also serving jail time to beat MacIntyre up at the Metro West Detention Centre.
Ford and Aboodowleh allegedly arranged for staff members at the prison to 'ensure there was no supervision or surveillance of the area' where the reported assault is thought that have taken place.
The lawsuit also names Ontario's Ministry of Correctional Services.
Dennis Morris, Ford’s lawyer, has labelled the allegations "without fact or foundation".
"The answer is no," he replied when probed by reporters as to whether the mayor had conspired in any way to harm MacIntyre.
Ford declined to comment when he was questioned about the lawsuit by reporters.
The allegations comes after the Mayor of Toronto confessed to having smoked crack in one of his "drunken stupors" after police obtained a copy of a video that appeared to show Rob Ford using the drug last year.
During an interview in November, Rob Ford said he was prepared to clean up his bad habits.
"I've had a come-to-Jesus moment if you want to call it that. Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I've let down," he said.
"And it's all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behaviour and that's it."
Earlier this month, he was captured on camera putting on a bizarre Jamaican patois monologue for customers at a fast food restaurant in Toronto, during which he ranted away about police surveillance and flailed his arms seemingly at random.
Confronted about the footage, which quickly went viral, outside his office a day later, he told reporters he had imbibed "a little bit" of alcohol on the evening.
"I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that's up to me," Ford said.
"It really has nothing to do with you guys."
On whether he felt the language he used was offensive or discriminatory, he said: “It's how I speak with some of my friends."