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Sarah Thomson alleges lewd exchange with Rob Ford

Posted by Chris Bateman / March 8, 2013

thompson rob ford2010 mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson claims a visibly intoxicated Rob Ford made a series of inappropriate comments and unwanted advances at a fundraising event last night, telling her she should have joined him on his trip to Florida last week "because his wife wasn't there."

Writing on Facebook, Thomson claims Ford was "out of it" at the annual Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Community event and that he touched her inappropriately while posing for a photograph. In that picture, Rob Ford is seen with his arm around Thomson and a third person whose face is out of shot.

"I've never seen him so out of it. I know I shouldn't be pissed but after spending 10 months on the campaign trail together you expect a little bit of respect at the very least for my husband," she wrote.

"Anyone who talked to him tonight could see he was out of it - I'm venting because I thought on the respect for women level he was better than that."

She later wonders in the comment thread whether "grabbing someone['s] ass [is] assault."

Thomson, the publisher of national business magazine Women's Post, ran against Ford in the 2010 mayoral election and had the support of Conrad Black. She dropped out of the race on 27 September, 2010, to throw her support behind George Smitherman, finishing tenth in the polls. Thomson was also the Liberal candidate for Trinity-Spadina in 2011.

Speaking on Newstalk 1010 this morning, Thomson said she doesn't plan to take any legal action as a result of the encounter. Ford has yet to comment on the accusations, so we'll update this post when additional information is available. During the night an anonymous Ford staffer told the Star several aides were within earshot and did not hear the alleged exchange.

Later, also on Newstalk 1010, Richmond Hill councillor Carmine Perrelli who was also at the event says he overheard Thomson planning to "set up" the mayor with a compromising photo.

Speaking to the Star, Thomson recalled she was "worried that he might do it again to someone" and said to Perrelli "I wish I had another picture and my assistant said she'd go up to him and see if he would do it to her. He did not and it seemed like someone had talked to him."

"I wanted to punch him in the face," she told reporter Daniel Dale.

Rob Ford's chief of staff Mark Towhey said the mayor was consulting with his legal team and is "shocked" by the allegations. A statement is expected some time this afternoon.

UPDATE: 12:45

In a written statement issued a short time ago, Rob Ford addressed what he calls "false allegations," saying he is "shocked, dismayed and surprised" to be accused by Thomson.

"What is more surprising is that a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf on a day where we should be celebrating women across the globe," he continues.

"This is a day we should all take the time to reflect upon the women in our lives and in our society. It is a day when we can envision the changes we want to make in our communities to ensure that all people are equal and that violence and discrimination against women comes to an end."

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Facebook.



sup / March 8, 2013 at 08:16 am
Atta boy, Rob! What a marvelous poster boy you are for our fine town. *eyeroll*
Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 08:23 am
So ford wants a little on the side, who cares?
Robert replying to a comment from Ses / March 8, 2013 at 08:28 am
Please direct that to Rob Ford, he does need to get to work and do the job he was elected to do and is paid to do.
j-rock / March 8, 2013 at 08:30 am
They both look pretty wasted in that photo.
Joe Public / March 8, 2013 at 08:35 am
Who's Sarah Thomson?
Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 08:37 am
So she's fine slandering him for sexual assault, but won't report the incident to the police?

Sounds like a pretty clear cut defamation suit.
Justin Flontek / March 8, 2013 at 08:46 am
rob ford at it again! What won't he do to create a scandal? Maybe next time he'll pop a babies balloon and slap the mother.
Mike / March 8, 2013 at 08:57 am
Any instance of sexual assault is serious and should be addressed accordingly, yet I can't help but think that Sarah Thomson has done herself and others a great disservice by handling the matter the way she has.

If Rob Ford is guilty of impropriety here, Facebook is certainly not the appropriate venue to address this potentially serious issue. I don't understand why Thomson chose to air this there, rather than go to the police.
Ford4ever / March 8, 2013 at 08:57 am
My god she looks tanked. I wonder what she said to him first to loosen him up and talk a little blue?
EricM / March 8, 2013 at 08:58 am
Argg.. a hard one. It's more than a bit believable that Robbie could be a drunken lecherous bastard. At the same time, Sarah Thomson seems few bits short of a byte. If it did happen though, it shouldn't be playing out over facebook.
DL replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 09:02 am
It's none of our business what people do in their own bedrooms. It may not be good optics, but it isn't our place to say. If Sarah and Rob were flirting with the idea to have a fling, they are adults. So let's stop the witch hunt and let his personal life stay person (he IS still a private citizen when he goes home) and let him continue his work of getting the City back on its feet. He already has enough problems at work, let stop making his personal life an issue too.
Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 09:06 am
Well, all I know is she was wasted and she lost the election handily, and this does have a faint whiff of extortion and sour grapes character assassination. Maybe she wants back into politics. She's fishing for something, I wonder what she stands to gain?
George / March 8, 2013 at 09:14 am
It never happened that's why she's not pressing charges. She's just looking for some publicity.
MSigs replying to a comment from Joe Public / March 8, 2013 at 09:18 am
Jamie replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 09:18 am
He wasn't at home. That's the whole point.
actually intelligent and informed male / March 8, 2013 at 09:18 am
Hey, we're beyond being embarrassed by Ford. He's still in office? What's really embarrassing is the defenders and the enablers, the no-nothing women haters, progressive haters, who are actually proud that they know nothing and are a century behind the times and want to see Toronto ruined. See comments and weep.
Benedict / March 8, 2013 at 09:18 am
As we can see here, Ford supporters are as sleazy as he is.
actually intelligent and informed male replying to a comment from Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 09:19 am
find a dictionary and look up "extortion"
actually intelligent and informed male replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 09:20 am
It's not a private matter to be harassing a woman in public. Ford should be charged and put in jail. Try to privatize that.
David replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 09:22 am
Well I guess we now live in a city where a mayor can be drunk and sexually assault women with no penalty.

Happy International Women's Day.

Toronto sure is going downhill under Rob Ford.

The comments by raging Ford Nation trolls only make the situation worse - apparently this is all Sarah's fault now.

No wonder women do not report rape.
tablogloid replying to a comment from Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 09:23 am
Using your rationale,If Rob Ford does not sue her for slander, then he really did grab her.
David Pearcey / March 8, 2013 at 09:25 am
Why on earth would Sarah Thompson decide it was necessary publicly claim such an event. Get to work and grow up. This is not high school. No one cares! God this city needs to function and not get caught up in petty ego posturing.
MrsPotato / March 8, 2013 at 09:27 am
so if a female calls out inappropriate touching/etc it's all about being in the spotlight?

c'mon people.
Benedict replying to a comment from David Pearcey / March 8, 2013 at 09:30 am
This isn't about ego posturing. Also, nobody in the history of Canadian politics has ever done more ego posturing than Rob Ford.
Mike replying to a comment from David Pearcey / March 8, 2013 at 09:30 am
Tell me about it, right, David?

And where do these women get off when they report sexual assault? Why aren't they making me a sandwich, right, bro?
the lemur replying to a comment from Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 09:38 am
How exactly do you 'know' she was wasted?

All she wants from him is an apology, and he's lucky if that's all he has to give.
Ford4ever replying to a comment from David / March 8, 2013 at 09:39 am
They do when they are real, not these airbrushed fantasies.

The man has a WIFE and KIDS, some respect and back off.
Doug / March 8, 2013 at 09:42 am
Whether true or not, Rob is the same person he was before he was mayor. The amount of media analysis that goes into incidents like this kills me. It's like people are shocked when stuff like this comes up. Next time put some thought into your vote.
j-rock / March 8, 2013 at 09:45 am
I don't agree with all the comments on here, but there is a pretty strong case to be made against Sarah. Oh well, no worries. Rob will likely win a defamation case against her, and the next fool who tries to smear his good name outside the downtown core. Not gonna happen.

Only thing left to say is what everyone already knows...FORD 2014!!
iSkyscraper / March 8, 2013 at 09:47 am
I'm really curious as to what infraction Rob Ford would have to do in order for the ensuing uproar not to be called a "witchhunt". Oh, the poor big man is so misunderstood. Stop picking on poor Robbie.

I'm guessing there is literally no action (short of the crime of raising taxes) that would cause his rabid followers to finally abandon this buffoon and pick a new conservative champion. How very sad.
Boo! / March 8, 2013 at 10:06 am
Bring back the Grabba The But comment! :)
A.Dult / March 8, 2013 at 10:21 am
What the feck - talking about the incident on facebook like some a-hole grade 11 student?

If she wants an apology, call the fat f*ck and ask for one.

But of course, because she's an adult, I assume the moment it happened she clearly voiced her disapproval to him, and already asked for one, right? RIGHT?

marlon / March 8, 2013 at 10:23 am
Everyone who is complaining that she didn't report it:
She can handle the situation anyway she pleases. She is a grown woman. she chose not to steal the spotlight from an important event because he grabbed her butt and made an inappropriate comment. she probably felt this wasn't a police calling worthy incident because of their relationship. also she was a bit tipsy as it seems. but then she maybe woke up and decided i can't let that slide. to say that there is anything wrong with her approach is absolutely ridiculous and just another bunch of morons finding backwards ways to defend the undefendable. don't worry ford nation we are used to it.
marlon / March 8, 2013 at 10:26 am
btw on all blogs fords team is out in full force. kind of confirms beliefs that he has a team that does damage control of comment threads. cause they are bright and early in hoards this morning
Matt replying to a comment from Ford4ever / March 8, 2013 at 10:32 am
Bwa-haa-haa-haaaa! "Airbrushed". You people slay me!
Plane Views / March 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
What a surprise that this news is coming out on International Women s Day, nice try Thompson! But i call Bullshit on this one!
HP / March 8, 2013 at 10:43 am
RoFo's car plows through crosswalk full of special-needs kids on their way to the puppy store (then crashes into puppy store). RoFo excuse: busy behind wheel reading latest lawsuit against him.

FordNation: "Those retard kids shoulda watched where they were going! And there's too many puppies in this city. Go Ford Go!

2. RoFo raids city coffers to buy magic beans, bankrupts city.

FordNation "You stupid libs -- the beans will work after we pour gravy over them. Go Ford go!"

RoFo accidentally summons Cthulhu, ushering in the return of the Old Ones and dooming humankind to Hell on Earth.

FordNation: "Waaah, stupid libtards can't take a little heat? Global warming's a scam! My ass is burning!
brad / March 8, 2013 at 10:49 am
Who can Provide another angle of the picture ?
Jer / March 8, 2013 at 10:50 am
People are too quick to rush to judgement either way... Let the facts some out before jumping to conclusion. Rob Ford could go a long way to do a blood test this morning as evidence that he wasn't on drugs and wasn't even drinking (according to his staff).

Seriously... replying to a comment from Jer / March 8, 2013 at 10:53 am
user-pic none of you ever got a little too tipsy and acted like a jackass. You're all hypocrits.
Jacob replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / March 8, 2013 at 10:54 am
It's true. Ford Nation has a defence for absolutely everything.

He could drunkenly run over a child crossing the street to get to school, and Ford Nation would say "Kids shouldn't be playing in the street."
Spencer / March 8, 2013 at 11:01 am
Did he drive himself home after the event after he was allegedly visibly intoxicated?? A question that needs to be asked.
Jimmy replying to a comment from Spencer / March 8, 2013 at 11:09 am
Nice try buddy, but anyone can see through your politics. Go pedal your smear-tactics elsewhere. You may not agree with the excellent job our Mayor has done in the face of baseless attacks and a severely downturned economy, but that's no reason to crawl around in the sleaze a ruin a public servants good name.
lol replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 11:12 am
hard to tell who is satire and who is real any more
Femist Lobby?? replying to a comment from Plane Views / March 8, 2013 at 11:13 am
Yah, bit of "coincidence", eh? Gotta wonder why all this came out on Wymyns Day. Could just be a "special intyryst" group trying to make the mayor look bad...AGAIN.
Jimmy replying to a comment from lol / March 8, 2013 at 11:18 am
Amen! These jokers just don't get it. We all know Ford isn't infallable, but he's getting it done and that has to be recognized. Our city is FINALLY starting to do well (#4 in North America!), and no one wants to give him a BREAK. what's he done to them personally??
Joe Public replying to a comment from jen / March 8, 2013 at 11:21 am
Oh, and you've never been drunk at the ACC, Jen??? Find that a little hard to beleive.

I think that's a made-up story because the cops in this town have the mayor's back.
James replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 11:22 am
You're giving Ford credit for Toronto becoming the fourth largest city in North America? Oooookay.

James replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 11:23 am
The cretins on the Sun boards are extra disgusting today. Just vile human beings.
jen replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am
So what was that you were saying yesterday about Ford's record with women? Yeah....

His poor wife.
Jimmy replying to a comment from James / March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am
No, not credit. But he did have a huge task of turning things around after Mill-liar fled in scandal. He's made some dumb gaffes--a few of them really dumb. But overall, I'd say he's been one of our best mayors if you think about it.
James / March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am
It's tough to say who is telling the truth. It's not as if robbie has a history of being wasted in public and acting like a slobbering belligerent oaf or anything.

Gay Mafia replying to a comment from Femist Lobby?? / March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am
Hey, I was supposed to get an invite to this party!
lol replying to a comment from Joe Public / March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
maybe not made up though seeing as how ford admitted the rape comment right? you guys are beyond clouded.
jen replying to a comment from Joe Public / March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
HAHAHAHAHA!! You're funny. I can't afford tickets to the ACC, let alone the beer.

Besides, it doesn't matter where you are or how drunk you are...rape comments are NEVER appropriate.
Leftist Conspiracy replying to a comment from Gay Mafia / March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
Hey, me too!
electro replying to a comment from lol / March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
It's better just to believe that all these pro-Ford comments are satire. They make more sense that way and I don't have to drink as much to tolerate them.
lol replying to a comment from James / March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am
that was his way of saying yes he is satire, relax
Laura / March 8, 2013 at 11:28 am
Toronto is number 4 in North America for SIZE. We have more people - bigger isn't necessarily better. Perhaps this mentality is the reason our giant peach of a mayor was elected.
Me / March 8, 2013 at 11:29 am
Is her other name Anita Hill?? BWAHAHAHAAA!!!
Jer / March 8, 2013 at 11:30 am
A witness was just on CFRB (councillor from Richmond Hill, forget his name) that said Sarah Thompson said to him and other people that Rob Ford grabbed her butt and that she was going to try to get a picture of Rob Forb grabbing her friends but to use as evidence against him in the next election.

Also she said on the radio that she only had one drink, but, he said that she was drinking scotch (earlier she said she just had one drink and it wasn't scotch).

Seems like her story is starting to fall apart a bit....This is in addition to her saying that she talked to his staff when it turns out she just talked to people that "knew" him, etc.
margarets / March 8, 2013 at 11:31 am
"you expect a little bit of respect at the very least for my husband"

Ugh. How is it disrespectful to her husband? Unless it's that ownership-property dynamic.
DL / March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am
You are comparing apples to oranges, jen. What happens off-hours, behind closed doors, between adults is their business. Ask any city staffers around council chambers or any females on his staff or any of the women in the executive branch of all the agencies and chairs and departments, let alone all the women who approach him for favours via phone or in person or email. The record is clear, Ford continues to be a Friend to all Women. This above matter is simply a private issue that has no place in public discourse. Any further muckraking is only going to reflect badly on the speaker, not the intended recipient.
Picard102 / March 8, 2013 at 11:33 am
To be clear, any comments with the author being Picard102 after the first one I made at 8:37am are not made by me.
lie-beral thinktanks / March 8, 2013 at 11:36 am
I think we all know where all this tempest-in-a-teapot is coming from.

Slow news day, fersure!
David / March 8, 2013 at 11:41 am
Ford Nation / March 8, 2013 at 11:42 am
I think the important question here is: did sarah thomson drive home drunk? Taxpayers want to know!!! are you a drunk driver sarah thomson?!!!
Totes fabulous replying to a comment from Gay Mafia / March 8, 2013 at 11:46 am
Aw snap, you should have been there, dawg! The party was so crazy, they had a SPARKLE TRAMPOLINE and a KITTEN FOUNTAIN! :)

Good times...

Soren / March 8, 2013 at 11:47 am
Drunken Mayor Rob Ford sexually assaults a woman at a community event. Yup sounds about right.

Happy International Women's Day!

you think that's air you're breathing...? replying to a comment from Ford Nation / March 8, 2013 at 11:51 am
they let women drive cars now? we live in interesting times!
W. K. Lis / March 8, 2013 at 11:52 am
Why does that man look like someone's uncle at a wedding reception you wish you weren't related to?
jen replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 11:52 am
If the mayor is harassing women "behind closed doors", then as a voter I want to know about it. He can be all sunshine and light out in public, but his real persona will show itself behind those doors. I don't want someone like this running my city and I don't care what side of the political divide they are on. Getting drunk and harassing women is not acceptable.
DL replying to a comment from jen / March 8, 2013 at 11:57 am
Agreed, jen...but this just seems like another liberal witchhunt, and the public is simply becoming sick to death of them. I think they've finally backfired on these clowns, and now they have to go back to square one in figuring out how to finally (unconscionable) smear him. But that's just a reasonable opinion, something that will likely be pilloried on here, right?

It's lonely fighting the good fight.
Jacob replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Please let me know, then, what you thought of Adam Giambrone's extramarital affair? Or did the right wing not go absolutely batshit insane calling for his head after that?
DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm
That was different...they stained a COUCH.

McRib replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm
you seem to have insider knowledge of not only Rob Ford, but every woman he seems to come in contact with at City Hall.

So, what is your name and what is your job on Rob Fords staff?
DL replying to a comment from Jacob / March 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm
And what's with the misdirect...stay on topic, straw man.
DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm
I'm a private citizen, like you, and I don't work for either of the Fords.
Jacob replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm
It's not a misdirection. I'd simply like to know if your "what happens off-hours, behind closed doors, between adults is their business" statement applies to everyone.

Or do you simply not want to answer?
Leslee / March 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm
The only place an allegation like this belongs is in court and under oath...NOT Facebook.

Otherwise, it's just another half-assed attempt to stir up shit against a public figure.
Ford4ever / March 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm
Ford just set the record straight with his press announcement. Now all this nonsense can finally start to blow over.

It won't come too soon, this is a distraction from more important issues.
opensource1111 / March 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm
I don't support Rob Ford, let's just be clear. However, the way Thompson handled this situation makes it almost impossible for an impartial observer to believe her account. She is not a teenaged girl, or an adult with limited education and abilities. I can't believe someone like her would have the poor judgment to take to Facebook to air her greviences, if they were legitimate, rather than go to police. Yes, she can handle it anyway she chooses - the public also has every right to judge her actions by the standards we would expect from someone of her circumstances (educated, not a young adult, with financial means and socio-policital clout). This only helps Ford, unfortunately.
Jacob replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm
Do you approve or disapprove of the "right wing witch hunt" against 2010 mayoral candidate (and, coincidentally, promising Ford opponent) Adam Giambrone? The one that directly led to him dropping out of the race and retiring from politics in general?

Please, I'd really like to know. Just to clear up where you stand on relevant issues.
Carly replying to a comment from opensource1111 / March 8, 2013 at 01:04 pm
I think it reflects poorly on them both. He probably did it, she probably thought she's tuck it away until it could make the most hay, politically.

At the end of the day, I think she'll come out looking worse than he will, but only because it's an icky way to have proceeded and his base defends him come what may.

If this incident did in fact occur, Sarah's not doing others in the same boat any favours by not reporting it in a more formal matter. Even if she didn't want to take it any further, she could have quietly made a report to police and say she didn't want to press charges so it was at least on the books.

Every situation IS different though, so who knows what was going through her head when he did it. I'm sure a lot of women have had their ass grabbed and just said 'why bother' because it's happened with 20 other guys before then. But I'll always wave a wee tiny flag for every woman who decides "yes, it's not worth my bother because it was just an ass-grab, but this jerk has to be taught a lesson, and why not it be me?" and actually files a complaint. Because those men will always need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern world.
DL replying to a comment from Jacob / March 8, 2013 at 01:05 pm
Not gonna play your little game of 'gotcha', Jacob...but points for trying.
Jacob replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 01:11 pm
So basically, you take a morally ambiguous stand that best suits how you want to direct public opinion.

OK. Good to know.
admpnlp / March 8, 2013 at 01:11 pm
Rob Ford could very well have made innapropiate comments to her and maybe Ben gone as far as to assault her. However, I find it hard to understand why a woman so concerned with International Women's Day would chose to express such a serious issue to women (sexual assault) on Facebook as if the whole issue was a second thought to her. Questioning whether or not touching someone's ass is considered sexual assault is actually insulting to women, especially on IWD. Furthermore, if she truly wanted support and promote women's rights, she would have reported Rob Ford to the appropriate authorities (read:not Facebook) and taken the matter far more seriously to provide a strong example for younger women, inside and outside of politics. Sarah took an unfortunate incident and used to to advance her own political agenda, all while exploiting International Women's Day.
lol replying to a comment from DL / March 8, 2013 at 01:13 pm
gotcha? what are you palin? It's just a matter of figuring out how much of a hypocrite you are. but points for the high horse act asshole.
Joe Public / March 8, 2013 at 01:17 pm
Never did trust a word she said. This seals the deal.

Pretty clear already that Ford will weather the storm until the next newscycle brings some other ridiculous distraction aimed at him. Glad the voting public (save for the whiners here) are fully behind him still.

Pete / March 8, 2013 at 01:23 pm
Sarah is lying, if Ford really did those things she should filed a police report. Especially today she is making women look bad, on a day she should not be.

If ford really did lay his hands on her, the police should be handling it.
Alex / March 8, 2013 at 01:34 pm
I don't really believe either of them. I bet Ford did get wasted, grab her butt, and make inappropriate comments. I also bet that she immediately thought "Jackpot! A chance at the spotlight!" because no self-respecting adult puts crap like that on Facebook. She should have just told him off right then and there, or called the cops if she was seriously offended by it. At the least it would have kept a drunk Ford off the streets for one night. This thing just reflects badly on both of them.
james / March 8, 2013 at 01:41 pm
remember when robbie got wasted at leafs game and told a woman she should go to Iran so she could be shot and raped?

I second that emotion replying to a comment from Alex / March 8, 2013 at 01:43 pm
Both these noxious weasels have GOT to be swept under a rug.

And hopefully that rug is at the bottom of Lake Ontario.
moist / March 8, 2013 at 01:49 pm
Sarah Thompson is a terrible person. She will do or say anything to get her name in a paper...including start her own crappy paper that i believe is out of business.
marlon replying to a comment from Alex / March 8, 2013 at 01:56 pm
I love this be reactionary or youre up to something mentality. why do you find it unacceptable for someone to think their response through? Also she didn't think it was something the police needed to be called for but it was something people should know. this whole she didn't call the cops so it doesn't count stuff is bs
Was it something I said...? replying to a comment from james / March 8, 2013 at 02:01 pm
"...remember when robbie got wasted at leafs game and told a woman she should go to Iran so she could be shot and raped? "

Perfectly sane reaction to someone spilling your popcorn, no?
iSkyscraper / March 8, 2013 at 02:23 pm
What, 97 comments and nothing from Mark [Towhey] posted here? Guess he's too busy today covering the mayor's ass. Or maybe groping it.

Dos Cheekis / March 8, 2013 at 02:27 pm
Senor Ford doesn't always drink beer. But when he does, he prefers a nice little squeeze alongside. Of lime, that is.

(Stay pinchy, my friends)
K-Borg / March 8, 2013 at 02:31 pm
That photo is priceless.
Poopdawg / March 8, 2013 at 02:36 pm
That photo would make an amazing album cover.
I Finance Construction / March 8, 2013 at 03:42 pm
Who is Sarah Thompson? A chick who had to much to drink last night! Sarah my advice to you is suck it up and apologize!
Craig replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / March 8, 2013 at 03:47 pm
iSkyscrapper, I'm fairly certain he's here astroturfing. Since he's was outted, he's moved on to new name(s).
Jessica / March 8, 2013 at 03:51 pm

If Thomson didn't think it was important enough to report to the police, then perhaps she is spreading the wrong message to women on International Woman's Day...that its not a crime to grope someone like she is alleging...and that's bad. That's only if she's telling the truth. If she had a legitimate case and really wanted to make Ford look bad...she would have lawyered up and be looking to press charges.

And why would Ford tell Thomson that his wife wasn't with him in Florida last week when the whole family was shown last week at the airport leaving for Florida in a family vacation? Thomson's got holes in her story...
glenn storey / March 8, 2013 at 03:52 pm
i wonder if fat boy has heard of the detroit grand pubahs?
glenn storey / March 8, 2013 at 03:52 pm
i wonder if fat boy has heard of the detroit grand pubahs?
marlon / March 8, 2013 at 03:56 pm
So many people now calling her a liar. its like a city wide case study of why women are hesitant to report this stuff. It's very disheartening.
marlon / March 8, 2013 at 04:00 pm

Have you ever had a man (associate)touch your bum? If you did would you call the police about it?

As far as claiming she made up the florida comment, that's a pretty wacky thing to make up. especially when you are not sure and it can easily be disproven. please direct me to proof that his family was in florida with him last week.
vader / March 8, 2013 at 04:09 pm
Lets not rush to conclusions.

Perhaps there was a gummi Venus De Milo stuck to her ass.
Alex replying to a comment from marlon / March 8, 2013 at 04:09 pm
People aren't calling her a liar because of what she said happened, it's because of how she's saying it. It's really hard to believe someone about something this serious when they just post about it on facebook. If she wanted to get the media involved why not go to Ford first in person and tell him she was offended and then the media, or just go straight to the real media? Plus the fact that she went against him for mayor and may try again soon means she has a vested interest in destroying his character. Though I'm not sure why she thought this would destroy his character, it's well known that he does stuff like this all the time. He doesn't really have any character left to destroy.
Not so fast, Marlon replying to a comment from marlon / March 8, 2013 at 04:12 pm
I have to disagree with you there. It's not so much that they don't believe her as much as she doesn't pass the sniff test. I'll bet $100 grabbed her butt and said some questionable stuff...but it was the way Sarah informed the world of how it happens that leaves a bad taste in people's mouths.

If my sister came to me and said this had happened to her and this is how she was going to tell people about it, I would say that it was a totally weird platform in which to discuss such a serious accusation. It'd be like breaking up with someone via wall posts...just flaky, y'know?

If you have been sexually harrassed in any manner, you have every right to speak up about it, and there are dozens of ways to go about it (tell a cop, a counsellor, a trusted friend, a hotline, an elder, someone in the church, your therapist, you folks, etc.). Just don't be weird about it and post it on such an odd forum (and that's what it is, a publiuc forum) as Facebook is...because then it becomes more about the HOW you opened up rather than WHY you opened up.
vader, my MAN replying to a comment from vader / March 8, 2013 at 04:13 pm
Jessica / March 8, 2013 at 04:14 pm

And I quote: "A CityNews crew reporting on Wednesday morning’s storm-related flight delays at Pearson International Airport stumbled on Ford, his wife and two young children.
The mayor told the station they are visiting Disney World. Ford’s flight was not delayed or cancelled by the slushy storm."

City TV saw his wife and kids at the someone's lying. City TV or Sarah Thomson.
Tripper replying to a comment from Jessica / March 8, 2013 at 04:23 pm
Jessica - The ass-grabbing was last night. The article you posted is from Feb 27.
the lemur replying to a comment from Jessica / March 8, 2013 at 04:35 pm
The wife and/or kids could have returned from Florida before Ford did.
Pete replying to a comment from Tripper / March 8, 2013 at 04:36 pm
But this discredits sara story that ford wanted her in florida with him because he was all alone. Clearly Ford never said that and his wife was with him.
marlon replying to a comment from Tripper / March 8, 2013 at 04:42 pm
when he was leaving for his trip that he just got back from and was talking about. So Jessica has proven her point. I still have a hard time believing that Sarah Thomson is dumb enough to lie about something like that.

not so fast, I get your point. She clearly went to the media (facebook can definitely be considered a form of media is this day. likely the fastest) because she felt that that was the suitable punishment for the crime. She felt humiliated and decided that a counselor, trusted friend, or therapist would be letting him off the hook and contacting the police would be extreme. Doesn't make her a liar. may leave a bad taste in the mouth of some, but thats the route she went and I can completely understand it.
marlon replying to a comment from Pete / March 8, 2013 at 04:46 pm
'Clearly Ford never said that and his wife was with him'

I wouldn't go that far...
Jay / March 8, 2013 at 05:26 pm
I see iSkyscraper (aka President of the Adam Vaughan Fan Club) is quick to judge ... Again.

Seems BlogTO has conveniently left the latest update from two Richmond Hill City Councilors who have come out saying they heard Sarah Thompson and her colleague discussing last night at the event setting up a situation with the Mayor in this exact position. But alas, BlogTO is only interested in one side of the story which suits their leftist agenda.

Why are you not reaching out to the council members from Richmond Hill? Oh yeah, thy might actually be journalism.
Me / March 8, 2013 at 05:35 pm
Yup, the Canadian Anita Hill. I mean LOOK at that face! Who'd even WANT to make a move on THAT THING!!??!! Even Ford would have to be SERIOUSLY desperate!
Me / March 8, 2013 at 05:37 pm
Facespook and Twitiot people are such a joke!
Pete replying to a comment from Jay / March 8, 2013 at 05:57 pm
Silly jay that is way too far north of bloor for Blogto to rreport on or coment on.
Jessica replying to a comment from marlon / March 8, 2013 at 06:01 pm
Straight from her Facebook..." he suggested I should have been in Florida with him last week because his wife wasn't there.", in response to your comment to Pete...

Sarah Thomson is 'Publisher and CEO' of the 'Women's Post', and going to Facebook and not the proper authorities sets the wrong example to how women should approach 'sexual' assault. Her actions are out of character for someone whose livelihood is to advocate for women's rights. I don't buy her as the helpless little girl with nowhere else to run but straight to the internet. She knows better, I'm sure of it. If she were any less of a public figure in any other position, I might buy her story but in her being who she is, I don't believe her story for a second. I sure know how I would deal with someone of the mayor's position, if it happened to me and it doesn't involve social media.

I don't know what Thomson's motives would be to lie but I know that a municipal election is a year away and that Thomson has been out of the public spotlight for a while. What better way to get your name back in the news, garner a bit of sympathy (and the female vote) and bring down a potential opponent at the same time?

Beyond that, it's all hearsay. She can't prove that it happened and he can't prove that it didn't. However, I can see holes in her story and a potential motive. That's all I can go by.
Secret Agent Jay replying to a comment from Jay / March 8, 2013 at 06:29 pm
Oh, Jay, will you save us all from the Big Journalism and the equally menacing Liberal Machine? I felt faint until you set your mouth to Auto-astroturf on this topic. Now we can all sleep easy tonight knowing we have the "...latest update from two Richmond Hill City Councilors" about this fast breaking story.

Thank you, Jay. For not only saving our city, but all journalism itself.

Someone please give that man a bag of oats.
Call me dumb but... replying to a comment from Jay / March 8, 2013 at 06:33 pm
...what's a Richmond Hill??

Sounds like a chocolate bar. Or maybe a brand of chewing tobacco.
LL / March 8, 2013 at 06:40 pm
In Rob Ford's defence, she DID have a gummy bear stuck to her ass.
Me / March 8, 2013 at 07:31 pm
Still boils down to BIG WHOOP as putting crap on Facespook and Twitiot is meaningless.
Let's Play Grab Ass / March 8, 2013 at 09:30 pm
If she's smiling maybe she's enjoying it? Or maybe she's grabbing Ford's ass because he looks uncomfortable.
Marlon / March 8, 2013 at 09:54 pm
Facebook is by far the most effective form of media in this day and age. You can attempt to make the conversation about how the message was delivered as opposed to what the message was but the rest remains the same. Ford nation will do their whole slut shaming 'Sarah Thomson is ugly/just wants attention/is a bully' and the lefties will say 'rob ford is a drunk/chauvinist/abusive criminal and everyone in the middle will say why is this walking embarrassment running the most important city in Canada. I personally believe that she is absolutely an opportunist but I also believe that he drunkenly grabbed her butt and was attempting to flirt with her which is something that happens when adults drink sometimes but he should have known better and she is right to stand up for herself in a way that carries the right weight as opposed to keeping it a behind closed doors or bringing the police into it.
Jewels / March 8, 2013 at 10:36 pm
I hope ford sues her for defamation, this time he is the victim.
KK / March 8, 2013 at 10:37 pm
I hear Sarah has a great ass and that someone was actually saying at that party that who wouldn't want to grab it. I agree though that these two looked seriously tanked in that photo but I'd have to agree that Thomsons version of events is likely more credible than Ford's. There is nothing about this man's personality that doesn't lend itself to this type of behaviour.
MDBM replying to a comment from Jimmy / March 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm
It might not be our business if it was a civilian and not our mayor but since you asked - Who cares? Maybe his wife. Maybe her husband. Who cares? Maybe anybody with a daughter. Hope that group doesn't include you.
Theo / March 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm
I would consider any type of contact with Ford to to unacceptable.
StankJewelz replying to a comment from Jewels / March 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm
Oh yeah, Jewels, Ford is definitely the victim here. And I hope he sues her...for being such a massive stick tease.

I mean...her glassy eyes clearly say "I want to push you into the nearest coat room and pull off all your sweaty clothes and rub my face all over your most hot and tender bits".

But --if you look closely-- her disheveled hair is actually saying "No, I'm going to push you into a coat room and pull off all your clothes, but then maybe I'm going to neatly fold them in a pile and then stare out the window".

Well, that's just not right. Ask any male judge in the land, all drunken public servants know the code: if your hot mophead says NO, but your blurry, vodka-stained face parts signal YES, you might have no other choice but to tackle a tubby naked guy and mane-whip him all night long....or until you both decide you'd rather head back to the buffet.

Poor guy. I hope the judge gives him a huge settlement. Like a 6-pack of undershirts. Or maybe some mittens so he can't grab things as easily.
Can we stop with all the innuendo? replying to a comment from Theo / March 9, 2013 at 12:09 am
My girlfriend and I were talking about this issue and she said "put yourself in Sarah's position, how would you like it if Rob made a sudden drunken pass at YOU".

Well that did it. I took ten seconds to mull it over and now my brain is damaged. I have a disturbingly vivid image of Hissonner lumbering towards me, his junk all wappity-wappp-wapp, a big old grin and a flirty little gleam in his eyes. Brrr...I'm out.

Can we please go back to talking about under-funded bridges and the days when he used to say things like Gino-Boy??? THAT conversation I could at least handle.
Yikes! / March 9, 2013 at 10:23 am
Mayor Rob Ford doesn't just look wasted...he looks EMBALMED!

I'll have two of whatever he was drinking. :)
Liars All Around / March 9, 2013 at 10:42 am
Sarah has been blowing through he husband's money for years on her foolish flights of fancy, like her money-losing magazine and her failed mayoral bid. He should be spending his hard-earned cash on her therapy...or a good divorce lawyer.
Me / March 9, 2013 at 11:47 am
I wonder how she felt after sobering up when she saw what she wrote on Facespook? Social media has truly taught me how stupid people are and also how full of themselves when they think everyone else wants to know their every thought. And no, I don't actually post my real thoughts (or information) about ANYTHING online. I can't say I really care that much about this situation either but do get a chuckle with people posting their life stories online and others actually believing their random thoughts as "fact".
Entitled (And Owns The Town) replying to a comment from Liars All Around / March 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Rob has been blowing through his family's money for years on his foolish flights of political fancy, like his mayoral bid and his actual time in office. He should be spending his wholly-inherited cash on some therapy...rather than more lawyers.
Me / March 9, 2013 at 12:08 pm
Probably they both should.
Rob Toyota / March 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm
She looks happy, and Rob Ford has a nice cum stain on his shirt.
Ugh...trying too hard replying to a comment from Me / March 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm
Stop trying to make 'Facespook' happen--oof! Doesn't even make sense. At best it's a really wonky slur. Makes me think you're the kind of person who also says "LIE-beral" or "CON-servative".

Creepy Threesome replying to a comment from Rob Toyota / March 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Brother Doug always says: "I aim to please, but not so much to aim".

Guess his little brother was okay with a little collateral damage.
Sloooge replying to a comment from Entitled (And Owns The Town) / March 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm
@Entitled, unless you know the parties (Greg) personally as I do, STFU.
Me replying to a comment from Ugh...trying too hard / March 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm
It makes perfect sense considering it is used to gather information and to spy on people by the U.S. Department of Defense.
RJ / March 9, 2013 at 01:06 pm
Ford nation trolls, no matter what he does he's always in the right. Literally lol.He could do ANYTHING and you people would blindly defend him.
RJ / March 9, 2013 at 01:15 pm
apharently we're all out to get him. Women, Leftists, Queer people, cyclists, mothers, drivers, comedians, now magazine, students, hiv positive people, pinko kooks,union members,the unemployed, drivers who focus on the road, the folks at 911 call centre, ttc riders turfed from diverted buses, restauranteurs, most of city council, reportes, babies, dogs lol. when he refers to "taxpayers" its hilarious becasue it seems there arent that many left. Such a funny clown.
Not jay replying to a comment from Secret Agent Jay / March 9, 2013 at 03:50 pm
Jay raises a valid question and your response is to ridicule him. Great contribution a hole.
Oldmanpete / March 9, 2013 at 03:56 pm
If sara wants an apology she needs to hire a lobbyist, that is the only way to get the mayor attention these days. But too bad she is making the story up.
Sloooge Is SOOO Popular, Everyone Pay Attention To Him replying to a comment from Sloooge / March 9, 2013 at 04:06 pm
Hey everybody, Sloooge really wants everyone to know he's a big-shot and he's likely "very highly-placed" (that means high-falutin', to all you non-politcos).

It's also important for you to know he's all grown-up now and he wears really shiny shoes now and has probably ridden in a limousine, too, so you can't make fun of him anymore like you did in high school.

Yep...Sloooge, like Mayor Ford or Stephen Harper before him, is not at all the sad pathetic loser drip he was back in the day when no one paid any attention to him because he was about as fun as a bag of wet flour.

Take a bow, Slooogie-boy!
Totally Not Jay (nope, no Jays here...) replying to a comment from Not jay / March 9, 2013 at 04:13 pm
The only thing Jay raises is his pud, and likely to screengrabs of old Sarah Thompson pressers, and often.

Now shoo, Jay...the adults are talking here.
KDABRA / March 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm
For a city that thinks that is cool to buy used shoes, what a bunch of clowns.
Randy McDonald / March 10, 2013 at 03:49 pm
The sockpuppets of Rob Ford commenting here have achieved their goals.
Me / March 10, 2013 at 04:30 pm
Sockpuppet? I wouldn't believe anything Rob Ford said either, especially just because he posted it on his precious "Social Media".
acb87 / March 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm
if I, was the mayor Id sue her into oblivion
Athena replying to a comment from Picard102 / March 11, 2013 at 05:09 pm
It was a butt-grab, hardly something that one goes to the police about. I think most women would like an apology for sleezy behaviour and a promise that it won't happen again.
Me / March 11, 2013 at 05:25 pm
It's probably the most action an ugly old hag like her has had in a long time!
Bilal Ahmed / March 11, 2013 at 06:08 pm
I can't believe that Sara Thompson is still getting publicity. We should focus on more important things in this world, rather than presumed allegations, which has gone a little to far.
Mayor McBolivian Marching Powder replying to a comment from Bilal Ahmed / March 11, 2013 at 08:41 pm
I hear the only way Newstalk 1010 was able to land the Bros. Ford to host their own show was to agree to have a huge bowl of blow in the green room. Can anyone substantiate this, or is it just a rumour? I also heard it was primo stuff too...imported from Etobicoke.

That Rob Ford...when he's partying, only the best will do!
Lily replying to a comment from DL / March 12, 2013 at 05:59 pm
"He already has enough problems at work, let's stop making his personal life an issue as well". So if a man sexual assaults a women, it should simply be brushed off as a personal matter, as an aspect of his private sex life? Erm, no. Sexual assault undermines the framework of equality and mutual respect that should be expected of everybody and should be treated with the appropriate degree of severity. When the alleged perpetrator is a man whom the city has entrusted with making political, ethical decisions, I think EVERYBODY has a right to know.
Smelling BS / March 12, 2013 at 06:16 pm
The movie Predator! Now I know what inspired Sarah's hairstyle!
Uh replying to a comment from Mayor McBolivian Marching Powder / March 14, 2013 at 05:09 pm
That was so funny that I forgot to laugh.
Good one Uh! replying to a comment from Uh / March 15, 2013 at 01:07 pm
Nice comeback...3 days later. Lemme see if I can do likewise:

"Hey, Uh...the 80s called, they want their lame humour back."

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