CTV News expresses “regret” for errors contained in a segment that was torpedoed Patrick Browncareer in state politics.
In a statement from the broadcaster and Brown’s office, the 2018 message alleging sexual misconduct said “key details provided to CTV … were factually incorrect and needed to be corrected.”
The details are not given.
The statement, which was sent out on Wednesday, said CTV and Brown settled their legal dispute after Brown filed an $8 million defamation lawsuit against CTV News over the story.
The original article, published in January 2018, includes a correction updating only the age of one of two women who have accused Brown of sexual misconduct.
CTV initially reported that the woman was under the legal drinking age and still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex, but later amended the article to say she was older.
This correction was made within a month of the story’s publication and CTV stood by the rest of its coverage, though Brown continues to deny any wrongdoing.
The allegations could not be proven in court.
“CTV National News regrets including these details in the story and any harm it may have caused Mr. Brown,” the statement said.
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The coverage prompted Brown to resign as chairman of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, although he successfully ran for mayor of Brampton, Ontario that same year.
Neither Brown nor CTV commented on other terms of the settlement.
It comes as Brown is publicly considering running for leadership of Canada’s Conservative Party, with his camp saying his decision is imminent.
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