You probably remember the sexual assault allegations made against Patrick Brown back in January, which led to him abruptly stepping down from his role as Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader. Even though he denied the claims from the start.
An 'emotionally devastated' Patrick Brown is seeking $8 million in damages from CTV news. If he wins, it'll be the largest libel award in Canadian history.https://t.co/towHfVjj4p— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) April 23, 2018
Drama ensued when CTV, the news outlet that originally broke the story, got caught publishing inconsistent details about the two anonymous women who came forward about Brown's sexual misconduct. In the story published by CTV, one of the victims claimed that Brown forced her to drink alcohol and coerced her into oral sex. Originally, CTV claimed that the woman was in high school at the time of the incident, but later said she was of legal drinking age.
Brown immediately called CTV out for lying about the whole thing in an angry social media post. He said, "You lied. You defamed me. I will not allow your brand of trashy journalism to hurt another person in this country."
It's been revealed that Patrick Brown is now suing CTV for $8 million in damages. The suit will also call out the specific producers and journalists involved. Brown's legal team is accusing CTV of slandering his reputation, putting an end promising career in Canadian politics. Before the allegations came out, Brown was a promising candidate for Ontario's next premier.
The legal statement says, "The widespread and sensationalized broadcast and publication of the defamatory words delivered an almost immediate death blow to Mr. Brown's reputation and political career. Within hours, Mr. Brown was forced to resign as Leader of the ON PC Party, his rising political aspirations shattered."
A spokesperson for CTV says that they continue to stand by their reporting and will "will vigorously defend it in court."