Court Filing Alleges Rob Ford Ordered Jail Beating
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Court Filing Alleges Rob Ford Ordered Jail Beating

Kathy Ford's former partner, Scott MacIntyre, maintains he was beaten over threats to expose the mayor's drug use and criminal associates.

In a statement of claim filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Scott MacIntyre—a convicted drug dealer and ex-boyfriend to the mayor’s sister, Kathy Ford—alleges that Mayor Rob Ford conspired to arrange a prison beating he suffered in March 2012. That beating, the statement explains, was in response to MacIntyre’s threats to make Rob Ford’s drug use and association with known criminals public. Named in the statement: Rob Ford, two of Ford’s associates from his days as coach of the Don Bosco football team, and the ministry of correctional services.

None of these allegations have been tested in court yet. Because the beating took place in a provincial jail, Ontario’s Ministry of Correctional Services was already investigating the incident, but no criminal charges have been laid and no findings made public. The ministry has declined to comment on the record about the case because of this new legal action.

MacIntyre was convicted of threatening the mayor at his home on January 4, 2012, and was subsequently jailed for uttering death threats, breaking a court order, and narcotics possession. While serving time, on March 23 2012 MacIntyre was beaten in an incident in the showers of the Toronto West Detention Centre; he was left with several shattered teeth and a broken leg. He spent six months in hospital recovering from his injuries, and claims he is permanently disfigured because of the beating.

According to MacIntyre’s statement of claim, the beating was orchestrated by Aedan Petros, a 300 pound former football player of Ford’s who was serving time for armed robbery and home invasion in the same cell block as MacIntyre. Also named in the claim is Payman Aboodowleh, a former player and coach for the mayor’s Don Bosco Eagles who was not in jail at the time, but, according to the claim, conspired with the mayor to assault MacIntyre. (The statement mentions that a video of Ford conspiring with Aboodowleh “was subsequently published on the internet.” This possibly refers to a video that was made public in November, in which Ford is extremely angry and mimes stabbing an unnamed person.) Aboodowleh also has connections to Sandro Lisi, the mayor’s friend who is currently charged with extortion in connection with attempts to obtain the crack video.

A second Don Bosco associate of Ford’s, Aedan Petros, was in the same jail awaiting trial for a home invasion in which he slashed a victim with a knife; he allegedly relayed multiple threats on behalf of the mayor. MacIntyre says that he was repeatedly warned to “do the right thing” and “keep his mouth shut.”

The statement of claim further alleges that correctional officers may have been complicit in the assault—the security cameras were not working at the time, MacIntyre was placed in an unusual part of the prison compared to standard procedures, and guards did not respond to his calls for help—and that the attack was understood to have come from Rob Ford.

In November, Justice Paul French found that MacIntyre was beaten in the incident of “jailhouse justice” because he was seen as a “bother” to the mayor.

News of the court filing broke as city council debated the budget on Wednesday. Ford’s criminal lawyer was at City Hall; he called the allegations “spurious,” and denied the mayor’s involvement. When asked by a reporter why Ford should be trusted in his denial, Morris said the mayor has “tremendous credibility.”

The mayor, with at least three opportunities to speak to journalists about the allegations, has so far declined to comment, although he did deny any connection to Anthony Smith’s murder in a Toronto Sun story that appeared before the court filing was made public.