Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has sent a notice of libel to Bell Media, the parent company of CTV News, late Friday night.
Brown resigned his leadership post abruptly on Jan. 24 hours after a report emerged in which he was accused of sexual misconduct by two women dating back to when he was a federal MP in the Barrie, Ont., area.
Howard Winkler, among the team representing Brown, confirmed that CTV had received notice.
Brown alleges CTV engaged in “false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory” reporting on its national newscast as well as its news website. The notice names the CTV Television Network, its parent Bell Media Inc., as well as several journalists, some named and some unknown, who worked on the stories.
Brown denied the accusations from the outset and was allowed to enter the party’s leadership contest earlier this week.
The former Opposition leader, who had been kicked out of party caucus by interim leader Vic Fedeli, will contest the party’s leadership race along with Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliott, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen.
In a brief statement issued early Saturday, CTV acknowledged it has received the notice.
It said, “CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court.”