Rob Ford arrested,accused of assault,threatening death

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Toronto Coun. Rob Ford, seen in this July 2007 photo, was arrested and charged with assault and uttering death threats yesterday.

Rob Ford, one of Toronto Mayor David Miller’s staunchest critics, promised to be back on the job today despite his arrest yesterday on charges of assault and threatening death.

"That’s what I do; fight for the taxpayers, serve the taxpayers," Ford said last night, standing in the doorway of his spacious Etobicoke home.

Ford, 38, was taken into custody at 9:30 a.m. and released just over two hours later on a promise to appear in court.

Police didn’t release the complainant’s name officially, but a police source said it is Ford’s wife, Renata, and that she was injured in an apparent domestic incident.

Asked last night if his wife was OK, Ford replied: "Yeah, everything’s fine. No problems here."

Holding his three-year-old daughter in his arms, Ford said he could not comment on the charges.

His lawyer, Dennis Morris, called the charges "spurious.’’

"They never occurred and we’ll be pleading not guilty,’’ Morris said.

Ford said his wife of eight years was at home, but he wouldn’t respond to a request to have her come to the door to speak with a reporter.

Investigators from 22 Division arrested the councillor after receiving a call yesterday from the complainant. They would not confirm information the councillor also lodged a complaint.

Brad Ross, a spokesperson for the City of Toronto, said the charges or even a subsequent conviction would not mean Ford would automatically have to give up his council seat. He has represented Ward 2, Etobicoke North, since first elected in 2000.

recent controversy

  • Ford drew heat from Toronto’s Asian community and fellow councillors recently for remarks he made on extending holiday shopping. Referring to workers in the Far East, he told council, "those Oriental people work like dogs … they sleep beside their machines.’’ He later apologized to the community.

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