The woman charged with impaired driving while behind the wheel of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s SUV is speaking out.
Lee Ann McRobb, 36, told the Toronto Sun she and Ford were “best buddies” in rehab, although she said their relationship was entirely platonic.
McRobb, the mother of a seven-year-old boy, said the mayor called her “little monkey” and she misses him now that he’s back in Toronto.
She also said they became “instant friends” at the rehab facility GreeneStone Residential Addiction Treatment Centre in Muskoka.
McRobb described Ford as a “sweet guy, who wanted to help her.” She said he is a “a solid person” who “listens” and would talk about his two children while in rehab.
She told the Sun she wants to come to Toronto to campaign for her friend.
Ford has refused to explain his relationship with McRobb; however, McRobb told the Sun they did not have an inappropriate relationship and she’s “not a homewrecker.”
She told the Sun she met Coun. Doug Ford and the mayor’s former part-time driver and friend, Sandro Lisi — the latter is facing drug charges and charges of extortion in connection to trying to obtain the mayor’s alleged crack video.
McRobb was allegedly driving Ford’s Cadillac Escalade on May 20 and stopped by police at Muskoka District Road 169 at Butterfly Road, which is a few minutes away from the rehab centre.
The OPP in Bracebridge charged McRobb of Muskoka Lakes Township with impaired driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level over 80 milligrams.
The incident occurred just five days after she was kicked out from the GreeneStone rehab facility and just nine days after being admitted.
McRobb said she had Ford’s SUV because she had lent her pickup truck to someone else who had been in an accident, and that she was driving it to a body shop.
She told reporters at the time she was in rehab with Ford and the mayor was doing “top notch.”
McRobb’s next court date is Aug. 5.
Mayor Ford had been receiving treatment at GreeneStone since taking a leave of absence on April 30. He returned to city hall on June 30.