The she-said, he-said battle between Mayor Rob Ford and Sarah Thomson was taken up a notch Monday, with the former mayoral candidate saying Ford may have been on cocaine when he allegedly groped her and made inappropriate comments at a charity event last week.
In an interview with CityNews, Thomson alleges that Ford was acting “high as a kite” when they met during Thursday’s Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) gala: “I looked up different symptoms and there seem to be a lot of things that he could have been on – it might have been cocaine, it might have been diabetes. It could have been a lot of things.”
The mayor, meanwhile, would not comment on Thomson’s latest speculation regarding possible drug use.
The flashpoint in this war of words occurred Thursday night at a downtown CJPAC fundraiser. Thomson alleges Ford made inappropriate comments towards her and then grabbed her buttocks – both of which Ford adamantly denies.
Thomson says she hasn’t ruled out going to the police regarding his actions and is discussing her options with family and advisors.
On Sunday Ford said said during his weekly radio show that he doesn’t want to “waste any more time” on the allegations made against him.
“I don’t know if [Thomson’s] playing with a full deck … When people want to make up stories, that’s their prerogative and we’ll leave it at that,” Ford said on Newstalk 1010.
Shortly after Ford made the comments on his radio show, Thomson took to Facebook, saying this kind of reaction to sexual assault is a step in the wrong direction for women’s rights.
“Women used to be called “hysterical” or “crazy” when they claimed a sexual assault… this made many stay silent. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has just done the same to me and in so doing taken us back generations!”
In an official statement released Sunday evening, Thomson called the mayor out for previous instances where he had denied his actions, only to admit to them later.
“Mayor Ford has lied publicly numerous times. He denied the drunken incident where he verbally assaulted a Durham couple during a hockey game but later admitted to it. And During 2010 civic election campaign he denied being arrested for pot possession in Florida and then admitted it and another DUI charge,” she said.
“The Mayor has a history of denial but usually owns up to his mistakes once the facts become overwhelming and I expect that he will eventually own up to this one.”
Ford said he must have taken 400-500 pictures that night and hadn’t had a problem with anyone else.
This is the latest controversy to hit the mayor since taking office in 2010. Among the issues: he was photographed driving while reading on the Gardiner Expressway; called the police on comedian Mary Walsh who approached him outside his house; allegedly threatened a Toronto Star reporter who also was near his home; drove past the opened door of a TTC streetcar and was involved in three court cases.
Ford was victorious in all three court cases, including allegations that he violated campaign finance rules by accepting a loan from the family company.