Patrick Brown blasts CTV News after sexual misconduct accuser changes timeline

February 14, 2018 5:20 pm

Patrick Brown is blasting CTV News saying, “You lied. You defamed me,” in a Facebook post on Wednesday after the broadcaster reported one of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct wasn’t underage at the time of the alleged incident. 


Brown stepped down as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives on Jan. 25, a day after he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women with the allegations dating back to when he was a federal MP. CTV News first reported the accusations in a report that did not name the two women who alleged the incidents occurred in his home in Barrie, Ont. 


Since then, Brown has vowed to disprove the allegations.


CTV News published a story late Tuesday that changed the timeline of the alleged events. One of his accusers now says she was of legal drinking age and not in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex. 


“CTV News fabricated a malicious and false report about me from two anonymous accusers,” Brown wrote. “The significance of this changed story is monumental.” 


The unnamed woman, however, said in a statement through her lawyer, David Butt, on Wednesday: “I stand firmly by the truth of what I said about Patrick Brown’s conduct involving me.”


She said “collateral details,” such as the timeline difference of a year from what she first recalled, “are not important.” 


The woman said she has experienced a barrage of comments on social media that were “demeaning, victim-blaming and woman-hating.” As a result, the complainant said she will not be engaging in anymore public discussion of the incident.


She did explain, however, the reason she came forward with the accusations against Brown is because she “wanted to help other women feel safe in coming forward themselves.”


“The comments that I have been subjected to ignore altogether the abuse of power by an older sober man over a young intoxicated woman,” the statement read. 


Her lawyer echoed the same message on Wednesday, saying “collateral details” fade over time, the allegations of sexual misconduct remain an integral part of the core story. 


“Ask anyone about an important event in their life, calendar dates are not printed on the bottom of those memories like they are on digital cameras,” Butt said.


“We simply tend not to remember in terms of … dates and time. What we remember are key events in relation to more physical elements of our surroundings rather than the concept of time and date.”




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Source: CBC News