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Sen. Brazeau’s office denies he was arrested

Sen. Patrick Brazeau talks to media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Feb.12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA – Senator Patrick Brazeau’s office is denying a report that he was arrested.

“We appreciate the many messages of concern and must reiterate that there has been no arrest,” Debby’s Simms, Brazeau’s spokeswoman, wrote in an email to Global News.

“At this time, we are not commenting on personal medical information of any individuals, or responding to these medical-related rumours but can confirm that he (Brazeau) is okay,” she said.

The statement comes after a report from Montreal radio station 98.5 FM that said Brazeau was arrested at a Gatineau house Tuesday. CBC states the former Conservative senator was taken to hospital early Tuesday morning.

Neighbour Gilles Lambert confirmed to Global News that police were at the Gatineau house overnight around 3:30 a.m. and had lights flashing for two hours.

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Lambert said one person was taken away in an ambulance, but didn’t know who lives there and said he did not see Brazeau there and never has. He did see police in white forensic-like suits, and also thinks the owner is from Maniwaki.

Brazeau is one of four senators embroiled in an expenses scandal in the upper chamber. The Senate ordered Brazeau to repay almost $48,000 in housing claims and his wages are now being docked. He is also under RCMP investigation.

The former Conservative, on a forced leave from the Senate since February while still collecting a $132,000 salary, is also facing assault and sexual assault charges. He has pleaded not guilty and is due in court on Oct. 9.

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