Jailhouse beating lawsuit involving Rob Ford now settled
Sam Pazzano Courts Bureau
March 4, 2019
March 4, 2019 7:02 PM EST
Rob Ford poses in this undated file photo. Joe Warmington/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network
The former common-law spouse of late-mayor Rob Ford’s sister has settled a $1.5- million lawsuit stemming from a jailhouse attack that left him badly injured.
MacIntyre alleged in a lawsuit filed in 2014 that while he was in custody at the Metro West Detention Centre in March 2012 for threatening the poltician, former Don Bosco football player Aedan Petros beat him after issuing a warning earlier for him “to keep his mouth shut.”
The lawsuit against Ford’s estate was dismissed last July with the consent of the parties, but it continued against the Ministry of Correctional Services. The settlement’s terms are confidential.
Ford, who died of cancer in March, 2016, was a long-time football coach at Don Bosco. MacIntyre claimed Ford and Payman Aboodowleh, who helped him coach for several years, ordered the March 22, 2012, attack, which, he said, left him with a fractured left leg, facial cuts and dental damage.
Then-mayor Rob Ford laughs during a vote at city council on April 3, 2014. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
Four or more of his teeth were sheared at the gum line, the lawsuit alleged.
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MacIntyre, then 46, was being held on allegations he uttered threats against the mayor while trying to recover a debt owed by Ford’s sister, Kathy. MacIntyre was sentenced to five months in jail on top of 197 days of pre-trial custody .
The lawsuit alleged two of Ford’s former players threatened MacIntyre after he threatened to expose Ford’s drug use and association with criminals.
MacIntyre was later attacked by one player and other unknown inmates outside the showers, according to the allegations.
The lawsuit claimed that despite while correctional officers normally monitor the showers, “nobody came to MacIntyre’s aid.”
He also wasn’t transported to hospital until 36 hours after he sustained his serious injuries, the lawsuit alleges.
He didn’t receive dental care for almost two months after the attack, according to the claims.
It also says the Ministry failed to protect MacIntyre and respond promptly to his medical needs after he was severely injured.
The ministry’s defence stated MacIntyre told the physician “he slipped and fell in the shower” and never mentioned any injury to his face or teeth.
Later, MacIntyre told guards there was a dispute over the use of a newspaper and a fight ensured in the washroom where he sustained injuries. MacIntyre refused to identity his assailant and press charges, stating he “wasn’t a rat” and refused protective custody, the ministry alleged.
MacIntyre, a chronic drug user, had severely-decayed teeth and required a molar extraction and four root extractions by a dentist on Feb. 2, 2012 , six weeks before the alleged beating, the ministry alleged.
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Former mayor Rob Ford denied conspiring with ex-football players to attack Scott MacIntyre in a jail-house beating, court documents stated.
When MacIntyre broke into the Ford’s Etobicoke home, MacIntyre screamed: “You owe me money, your sister owes me money. If I don’t get it, they will kill me,” Ford alleged in a statement of defence filed in response to a lawsuit launched by MacIntyre.
MacIntyre’s own statements admitted others — not Ford, who died of cancer in 2016 — “apparently wished” to harm him in 2012. After MacIntyre left Ford’s house, he told a police officer he would kill the politician “either by decapitating him with a machete or by shooting him.”
That comment led to MacIntyre later pleading guilty to the threatening charge. But before that, he wrote a letter to the mayor’s sister and his ex-common-law spouse, Kathy Ford.
“Well, I sit in the can because your brother (THE RAT) picked up the phone and LIED!,” MacIntyre wrote in this letter. He threatened a “s—storm” on Ford and vowed to make “claims against him if the charges weren’t dropped and would go to the media with exaggerated, embellished, fictitious or fabricated claims about Ford,” the documents alleged.