‘Absolute lies’: Patrick Brown refutes sex misconduct allegations

In his first interview since resigning as Ontario’s PC Party leader, Patrick Brown insists sexual misconduct accusations against him are “absolute lies” and that he is contemplating legal action to defend his shattered reputation.

“It was like getting hit by a truck and you’re in a state of shock,” Brown said in an exclusive and emotional interview with Postmedia Friday about allegations that derailed his race for the Premier’s office.

“It wasn’t until last week that I got a bit of my strength back and wanted to investigate these allegations,” he said.

“When we looked at the allegations in detail, we were able to show that they’re absolute lies and we can prove it.”

Brown said allegations made in a CTV News story, that he plied a high school student with drink and asked her to perform oral sex on him “didn’t happen.”

And he vehemently denied claims by a second accuser, a former constituency staff worker, that he fed her drinks during a Barrie hospital fundraiser, kissed her and tried to have sex with her without her consent.

The CTV story contained damning allegations from both women against Brown and amounted to political nitro glycerin that vapourized his leadership, career and reputation.

“It’s an execution before the trial. It’s frontier justice,” Brown said. “That’s why I’m strongly considering a legal recourse.”

Within hours of the CTV story being aired, Brown had resigned and was being vilified by Ontario’s Premier, NDP leader and his own caucus and party members.

“I went back to Barrie. I didn’t want to see anyone. My family and friends were all in tears. I could barely speak,” Brown said. “Why would anyone do this to me? And I literally didn’t have the strength to fight.”

He had been scheduled to have a cyst removed from his back, and wore a hat and glasses into the Barrie hospital to hide his identity.

The obviously emotional Brown said he was moved when a man came up, patted him on the back and said he believed him.

“And I got back into the car after the surgery and I started crying and I said, you know everyone here in Barrie believes in you, I’ve got to push back.”

 

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http://torontosun.com/news/provincial/absolute-lies-patrick-brown-refutes-sex-misconduct-allegations

 

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