Reporter Sues Toronto Mayor After Pedophile Insult
Rob Ford suggested 'Star' writer ogled kids, twice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2013 6:05 PM CST
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

(Newser) – A Toronto Star reporter sued Mayor Rob Ford today for suggesting the journalist was a pedophile in a recent television interview. Ford appeared on a Vision TV interview with former media baron and convicted felon Conrad Black and accused reporter Daniel Dale of taking pictures of little kids. Ford said he didn't "want to say that word, but you start thinking what this guy is all about." Ford's insinuation was related to an instance when Dale was close to the mayor's house in May 2012, investigating a plot of public land adjacent to Ford's home that the mayor wanted to buy.

Dale has said he was writing a story about the plot, so he went to take a look at it when the mayor emerged from his home to confront him. Dale said the mayor's two children were nowhere in sight, nor were any children in sight. Dale said he decided to take action after Ford repeated the accusations on a Washington, DC, sports radio show today, saying again that Dale was taking photos outside of his house. Dale said Ford added this: "When you've got young kids, that freaked me right out." The reporter said he didn't want to take action, but "I can't tolerate it. I won't tolerate it."

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Platypusdude
Dec 14, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Hope the reporter wins. I'm not one to pile on someone, and Ford has his problems, but he was clearly over the line.
Antagonist
Dec 13, 2013 10:34 AM CST
Ford also heard saying"Get in My Belly" !
StationaryMan
Dec 13, 2013 7:33 AM CST
Ford added this: "When you've got young kids, that freaked me right out." What he left out, 'I had to go inside and smoke a little crack and have a beer'