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Toronto mayor 'grabbed my ass': Former rival

Former mayoralty candidate Sarah Thomson posted this picture to Facebook.

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DON PEAT | QMI AGENCY

TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford is under fire from an old election foe for his alleged party antics that included grabbing her butt.

Sarah Thomson is now demanding an apology from Ford for the alleged assault.

The Women’s Post publisher and former mayoralty candidate took to Facebook in the wee hours of Friday morning and posted a photo of herself with Ford — the mayor looking rough with eyes closed and a large stain on his shirt — and blasted him for making a crude comment to her and touching her inappropriately at a Thursday night party held by the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee.

“He grabbed my ass, and I’m thinking what the heck is going on with him? I was so mad about it because this is somebody who knows how much I do for this city,” Thomson said on a radio show later Friday morning.

Thomson recounted her alleged exchange with Ford: “I asked him why he wasn’t at the mayor’s roundtable ... he was laughing and said, ‘I was in Florida, you should have been with me, my wife wasn’t there.’”

Thomson said she thought the comment was “weird.”

“I just kind of fluffed it off and then we posed for a picture and he grabbed my ass and I said OK this is not Rob ... I thought there was something really wrong with him.”

Ford denied the allegations in a statement released Friday afternoon.

“Early this morning, false allegations were made regarding a number of disgusting actions. I am shocked, dismayed and surprised. I can say without hesitation that they are absolutely, completely false," Ford said.

“What is more surprising is that a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf on a day (International Women’s Day) where we should be celebrating women across the globe."

Meanwhile, Coun. Carmine Perrelli, a politican in Richmond Hill, told Newstalk 1010 Thomson planned to “set up” the mayor.

“I would ask her to rethink what she’s alleging,” Perrelli said.

Mark Towhey, the mayor’s chief of staff, also fired back Friday with a different version of events and warned they are consulting legal counsel.

“I didn’t hear the conversation. I can tell you I was there throughout, the mayor had me there plus three additional staff and a driver, the three staff were within earshot of him the entire time. They never heard any of this.”

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