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Canada Patrick Brown breaks silence, defends himself via Twitter

07:20  07 february  2018
07:20  07 february  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Scott Thompson: Patrick Brown can clear his name, but only if no more allegations arise

  Scott Thompson: Patrick Brown can clear his name, but only if no more allegations arise Scott Thompson: Patrick Brown can clear his name, but only if no more allegations ariseFormer Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) leader Patrick Brown says he has proof the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against him are false.

Former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown broke his silence via Twitter on Tuesday, saying the truth would come out regarding allegations of sexual impropriety.© Aaron Vincent Elkaim Former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown broke his silence via Twitter on Tuesday, saying the truth would come out regarding allegations of sexual impropriety.

Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has broken his silence — almost two weeks after he resigned amid allegations of sexual impropriety — saying “the truth will come out.”

Posting on Twitter, he said: “I am immensely grateful for all the support expressed to my family and myself. #metoo can be a tool to lift society and I applaud that effort.

“False allegations however undermine that good work. The truth will come out. Thank you to all.”

Patrick Brown to enter PC leadership race: sources

  Patrick Brown to enter PC leadership race: sources Patrick Brown will enter the Progressive Conservative leadership race that was launched after his resignation due to sexual misconduct allegations in late January. Brown has staunchly denied the allegations, which were brought forward by two women in late January.

The embattled former leader did not elaborate on how more details will come to light.

Brown resigned at 1:25 a.m. on Jan. 25 — less than four hours after tearfully vowing to fight what he called “false” accusations in a CTV report. He did not take questions after an 81-second press conference at Queen’s Park, 15 minutes before the report aired.

He stepped down following a tense conference call with PC caucus members where he was told he could not stay on as leader and take the party into the June 7 provincial election.

The CTV report accused him of misconduct involving teenage girls when he was the federal Conservative MP for Barrie.

Three days after Brown quit, PC party president and Brown ally Rick ‎Dykstra abruptly resigned over allegations of sexual assault of a Parliament Hill staffer in 2014 when he was the Conservative MP for St. Catharines, a seat he lost in the 2015 federal election.

Brown calls allegations 'absolute lies'

  Brown calls allegations 'absolute lies' Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown says he's contemplating legal action to restore his reputation in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, which he calls "absolute lies." Brown, who had already strongly denied the allegations, gave his first interview since stepping down from his position last month to the Postmedia news agency. In what the outlet calls an "emotional interview," Brown compares his experience of being accused of sexual misconduct to "getting hit by a truck.

Both men have denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court. No charges have been laid.

Brown has not responded to requests for comment since he resigned.

Shortly after he posted on social media Tuesday afternoon, one supporter responded: “You’ve got the support of many! You are owed due process!”

Another, however, wrote: “Sure Pat, that’s why your entire campaign leadership jumped ship at the first hint of sunlight.”

Another said the allegations indicate “a severe lapse in judgment.”

Patrick Brown’s ex-chief of staff now working for Vic Fedeli .
Patrick Brown’s ex-chief of staff now working for Vic FedeliAlykhan Velshi, one of a group of aides who left Wednesday after CTV revealed allegations of Brown’s sexual impropriety with teenagers, will serve as chief of staff to interim leader Vic Fedeli.

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