Patrick Brown and his publisher say the former Progressive Conservative leader’s tell-all book is not defamatory because the facts laid out in it are true. Brown and Optimum Publishing International also say any opinions expressed in “Takedown: The Attempted Political Assassination of Patrick Brown” are fair comment made without malice on matters of public interest.
Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli has filed a defamation lawsuit against Brown and Optimum over allegations made in the book, which Fedeli describes in his statement of claim as a “vicious and petulant attack on his character.” Fedeli alleges the book contains false and defamatory comments about alleged sexual misconduct and a slew of other problematic statements.
The Canadian Press
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