Dean French drops libel lawsuit against MPP Randy Hillier - 2019-07-22
Dean French, the controversial former chief of staff to Premier Doug Ford, has withdrawn his $100,000 libel and slander lawsuit against MPP Randy Hillier. French, who resigned June 21 amid a cronyism scandal, had launched the legal action against the maverick Independent MPP in April after a Twitter post from Hillier.
As first disclosed by the Star, the two sides had been in negotiations for weeks to resolve the matter, which was a source of embarrassment to the premier because of the optics of a political staffer suing an elected official over a tweet.
Asked Monday for a statement on the end of the legal tussle, a Ford aide said "the premier's office has no comment."