Rob Ford Accused of Paying to Have a Man Beaten in Jail

The embattled Toronto mayor is accused of trying to keep his sister’s ex-boyfriend quiet about his drug use by having the man attacked in jail

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Rob Ford’s sister’s ex-boyfriend has sued the Toronto mayor for $1 million in damages for allegedly paying to have a football player beat him while he was in jail, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Scott McIntyre alleges he was in jail in March 2012 after being charged with threatening to expose the mayor’s “unsavory activities” when he was attacked by another inmate, the Associated Press reports. McIntyre alleges Ford paid a former football player from a team Ford once coached, who was also in jail at the time, to beat McIntyre.

Ford’s attorney dismissed the allegation, calling it “without fact or foundation.” Ford did not comment to reporters when asked about the suit.

Ford has been under fire after admitting to smoking crack last year. He has resisted calls to resign and promises to run for reelection. He has been stripped of most governing powers by the Toronto city council, which lacks the ability to remove him from office outright.