Eli Ridder | The Post
Former Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down over anonymous accusations of sexual misconduct, criticized the reporting of CTV News on Wednesday and told more of his story via live television.
Mr. Brown was interviewed by Carolyn Jarvis of Global News in a video released on the broadcaster’s website at 5:30 p.m. where he spoke of his “fabricated political assassination”.
Mr. Brown released a fiery statement on Facebook in the early afternoon that tore into the basis for a CTV News exclusive by Glen McGregor that outlined two young women coming forward accusing the politician of sexual misconduct and assault.
The night the exclusive aired on Jan. 25, Brown vehemently denied both accusations from a podium in Queen’s Park, but stepped down a few hours later.
His resignation kick started a leadership campaign that features Doug Ford, Christine Elliott and Caroline Mulroney but it is unclear whether he would be returned to his former position if cleared.
There has been no criminal investigation and the accusers have not come forward but the so-called “court of public opinion” has torn into Brown, with even Premier Kathleen Wynne and other provincial politicians saying they believe in the alleged victims.
Brown said in his statement that “I will be telling my story tonight on Global News” and encouraged those reading to “please watch.”
The Member of Provincial Parliament for Simcoe North in Barrie also urged his accusers to come forward to Barrie Police.
“These types of allegations should be dealt with in a proper and fair forum,” he wrote.
Patrick Brown wrote a detailed description over the “trashy journalism” employed bt CTV News over the story he called a “phony, made up narrative.”
“CTV News fabricated a malicious and false report about me from two anonymous accusers,” Brown wrote.
“After a long three weeks, CTV News has now admitted that it got it wrong.”
An online article published late on Tuesday by the news broadcaster says the accuser who said Brown gave her alcohol and crudely asked her for sex was not underage.
The detail is noted in the fifth paragraph of an article that’s titled “Patrick Brown accusers stand by allegations”.
The unidentified accuser said she was subjected to cyber abuse via “victim-blaming and misogynistic” comments in an “assassination” of her character.
Brown still maintains that the accusations that he even brought a young woman home to have intercourse with him are false.
Brown is unmarried and has no children at this time.
More details to follow. Image of Patrick Brown from News 1130.