Lawsuit Claims Rob Ford Ordered Jailhouse Beat-Down

By Shawn Dwyer 01/29/14

Ford’s brother-in-law alleges that a 2012 beating was to keep him quiet about the notorious mayor’s drug use.

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The problems keep mounting for Toronto’s embattled mayor. In a lawsuit filed this week, Rob Ford’s brother-in-law, Scott MacIntyre, has claimed that a jailhouse beating that left his teeth and legs shattered was done on orders of none other than Ford himself.

According to the lawsuit, the attack on March 22, 2012 at the Toronto West Detention Centre was perpetrated by Aeden Petros, 46, a violent offender who once played defensive tackle for Ford when he was the football coach at Don Basco Catholic Secondary School. In the lead up to the attack, MacIntyre was repeatedly warned by Petros in no uncertain terms not to say anything about Ford’s drug abuse. “They wanted to know if I was going to do the right thing – was I going to keep my mouth shut,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail.

While Ford offered no direct comment to the latest allegations to befall him, he did describe the inquiries by The Globe as “far-fetched” and “way out there” in an email. Meanwhile, an anonymous official with the Ministry of Correctional Services confirmed that Petros was inside the same prison as MacIntyre at the time of the assault. The Ministry has launched an official investigation into the allegations.

Was Ford talking about MacIntyre in his infamous "I'm going to kill that guy" video?

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