Patrick Brown says ‘I am suing CTV’ over report detailing sexual misconduct allegations
“I am suing CTV,” Brown said in a Facebook post Thursday. “My lawyers are talking to CTV.
“In the court of public opinion and among the many journalists I’ve spoken to, these allegations are now seen for what they are — fictitious and malicious, ”Brown said. “Early this week, CTV lawyers agreed to ensure that all emails, texts and other correspondence related to this travesty are held independently for safe keeping.”
CTV said it stands by its reporting and “will actively defend against any legal action,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement.
“We welcome the opportunity to defend our journalism in court,” the statement said.
In an exclusive interview with Global News, Brown said he has evidence the allegations made against him are false.
Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario PC Party shortly after CTV aired the story of two young girls who accused Brown of sexual misconduct.
“I can’t tell you how difficult the emotional toll has been on myself, on my family, on my friends, to be maligned on national television by absolute lies,” Brown said in an interview with Global News on Tuesday.
WATCH: Patrick Brown addresses sexual misconduct allegations
The CTV News report detailed allegations of sexual misconduct brought forward by two women. One originally alleged that when she was a high school student and too young to drink legally, Brown gave her alcohol and asked her to perform oral sex while in a second-floor bedroom.
Late Tuesday night, CTV reported she changed her recollection of the timeline. Now, she says, she had already graduated from high school and was 19 at the time of the alleged incident.
Brown said that the first allegation was “factually impossible” as he was living in a ground-floor apartment which didn’t have a second-floor bedroom as she claimed.
The first complainant said in a statement that she stands “firmly behind the truth of what I said about Patrick Brown’s conduct involving me.”
The second allegation claimed Brown invited a female university student who was working for him and a male friend back to his home. According to the report, Brown invited both her and the friend upstairs to his bedroom to look at photographs of his trip to Asia on his iPad.
WATCH: Former Ontario PC leader refutes sexual misconduct allegations
The friend allegedly departed shortly thereafter, leaving her and Brown alone where she claimed he attempted to have sex with her.
Global News spoke with a friend who was there that evening and who disputed part of the accuser’s version of events.
The friend of Brown’s, who says he was at the party in August 2013, told Global News he didn’t go upstairs with the accuser.
“That didn’t happen,” said the man who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I did not go into a room with Patrick and a girl to look at photos on an iPad.”
Mikael Patterson, who was dating Brown at the time of the second allegation in 2013, said the accuser was “clinging to him” throughout the night.
“I remember her being around Patrick. She seemed to be clinging to him, following him around the house which annoyed me at the time,” she told Global News. “It seemed like she liked him. Was obviously interested in him somehow.”
“They weren’t upstairs for very long,” she said. “No one seemed overly intoxicated or distressed or anything that evening.”
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Brown resigned as Ontario PC Party leader shortly after the initial CTV report aired and has said he is the victim of a “fabricated political assassination.”
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