Key accusation against Patrick Brown false, CTV now admits

TORONTO — A key accusation which cost Patrick Brown the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party – that he plied an underage high school girl with booze – is not true, CTV News now acknowledges.

The stunning revelation concerns a woman who told CTV that when she was a student in a Barrie high school, the then federal Conservative MP took her home from a bar, gave her booze, took her to his room, and crudely asked for oral sex.

“She now says that she was of legal drinking age and out of high school,” the CTV News online article published late Tuesday says.

The item is the fifth paragraph in a news story that begins with the accusers saying they “are not backing down” from the claims that toppled a potential premier-in-waiting.

The same unnamed accuser went on to complain to CTV that she was subjected to online ”victim-blaming and misogynistic (comments) … my character was assassinated.”

After the accusations were made public, Brown was immediately forced out as leader by his fellow caucus members and told he wasn’t welcome to run as even a PC candidate in the June election.

CTV News says the accusers stand by the rest of their story, even as Brown calls them “absolute lies.”

In an interview with Postmedia, an emotional Brown talked about the damage the allegations have caused to him and his family, describing how he was so embarrassed that he wore a hat and dark glasses into a hospital to get a cyst removed from his back.

The CTV story that landed Jan. 24 was centred around allegations of sexual misconduct by two women.

 

In the first case, a woman said she was in high school and underage, and in the second alleged incident, a former PC staffer said he tried to kiss her and climbed on top of her when the two were in his bedroom.

Brown said the first incident never happened, and in the second, he was the one who got kissed, not the other way around.

Pollster John Wright tweeted Wednesday, “CTV now reports that accuser of Patrick Brown recounts key piece: she was not underage in bar and not in high school but she ‘stands by her core story’ and CTV stands by their original story. In a court of law this would shred a case. CTV credibility is on very, very thin ice.”

Some of Brown’s strongest critics were members of his own party who immediately said they believed the women and called his behaviour “disgusting.”

His removal from the leader’s office sparked a PC leadership campaign, and the three candidates – Doug Ford, Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott – are scheduled to have their first debate on Thursday.

 

Key accusation against Patrick Brown false, CTV now admits

 

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