Doug Ford denies calling Toronto reporter a 'little b-h' as John Tory and Olivia Chow demand he apologize - 2014-10-23
Ford made the comments after a debate Wednesday night, according to a report in the Star. After a spirited, though not uncommonly heated, scrum that included Jennifer Pagliaro, Mr. Ford walked away. As he turned, a Star photographer heard him say "I can't stand that little b—h."
That account was later confirmed to the Star by Joanne MacDonald, vice-president at CTV News and general manager of CP24.
In a statement, Mr. Ford did not deny making the comment, but he said it was not directed at Ms. Pagliaro. "The fact is, I had a private conversation with two of my staff members as I was walking out of the debate, and that private conversation was completely unrelated to anyone in the room," the statement said.
"I never said anything about the Toronto Star reporter. This reporter heard something second-hand and based on this inferred I was talking about her."