Court documents released Wednesday contain allegations about Mayor Rob Ford that paint a disturbing picture of his interactions with women, including telling a female security guard at City Hall he was “going to eat her box.”
Police interviews with witnesses including Ford’s former staffers, are detailed in the documents submitted to the court to obtain a search warrant related to the investigation into the mayor, his associates and the crack video.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.
The document includes several descriptions of Ford on Saint Patrick’s Day 2012.
Isaac Ransom, Ford’s former communications assistant, told police “there have been rumours that Mayor Ford has used escorts or prostitutes,” and that he believed one of the women partying with the mayor that night may have been a prostitute. He alleged the mayor, drinking heavily, was talking to his staff about “getting hammered, going out then getting laid.”
However, police found the woman Ransom identified has no record. Online, she is listed as a model and a former Miss Toronto Tourism winner.
The document says Ransom also told police the mayor made inappropriate comments that night to his former policy advisory, Olivia Gondek, who now works for Toronto Hydro.
He said Ford’s staff contacted her because they thought that Ford would listen to her, but he became “inappropriate” and claimed to have slept with her, the document says. Ransom alleged Ford told her, “I’m going to eat you out” and “I banged your pussy,” and was “somewhat upset by it but at the same time didn’t seem too phased by the comments.”
Later that night, at about 4 a.m., when Ford was being walked out of City Hall after an alleged physical altercation with a staff member, he told a female guard that he “was going to eat her box,” Ransom said.
Gondek declined to be interviewed by police. They noted: “She was initially worried because she currently works for Toronto Hydro and felt like she would be putting her job in jeopardy by speaking about the mayor.”
In a statement to a Torstar News Service reporter, Gondek denied that Ford made statements of that nature to her and that she was present at the time.
On Thursday morning, Ford also denied the allegations concerning Gondek. “It says I wanted to eat her pussy,” he said. “I’ve never said that in my life to her. I would never do that. I’m happily married, I have more than enough to eat at home.”
Reporters in the City Hall scrum seemed visibly shocked by the comment.
Ransom also told police that in February 2012 Ford rode the subway around late at night after losing a transit vote and then “tried to hit on a woman” he met, asking her out for dinner, “which was unusual behaviour for him.”
Ford’s former press secretary George Christopoulos told the police women would come to the office and tell staffers that they smoked a joint with the mayor on the street outside of a bar and the mayor told them they could have a job, and Christopoulos would have to interview them and talk them out of it.
Police interviewed Ford’s former Chief of Staff Mark Towhey about Sarah Thompson’s allegations that Ford groped her last March at an event hosted by the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee. Towhey said he’d urged Ford not to attend because he seemed impaired, “hyperactive and slurring his words.” However, Towhey told police he does not believe Thompson’s allegation.