Sarah Thomson is willing to take a lie detector test to prove Rob Ford grabbed her ass & made a pass at her.
The former mayoral candidate issued the challenge to Toronto's mayor while speaking with Newstalk 1010's John Tory on the Live Drive Friday afternoon.
Both attended a party thrown by the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee at The Arcadian Court Thursday night.
Thomson alleges that at that party, Ford grabbed her ass & suggested she should've come with him to Florida last week because his wife wasn't there.
Thomson says she can't explain why Ford would say that to her, when camera crews captured the entire Ford family at Pearson before jetting off on vacation.
Ford calls the allegations "absolutely, completely false". In a statement the mayor says he's "shocked, dismayed and surprised". He goes on to say: "What is more surprising is that a woman who has aspired to be a civic leader would cry wolf on a day where we should be celebrating women across the globe."
Ford's Chief of Staff Mark Towhey was present when the alleged incident happened & also shot down Thomson's claims.
"I know that the three staff never heard any of the comments that she's alleged. I know that the mayor was in Florida with his wife and children last week and I know was about twenty feet away watching most of this happening during the evening."
Towhey says Thomson looked happy while being photographed & after.
2 Richmond Hill city councillors have also been poking holes in Thomson's version of events & claim she was trying to trick the mayor.
Councillor Carmine Pirelli told Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar: "She had mentioned to the group that mayor Ford had grabbed her backside and she said I'm going to go upstairs, I'm going to use my friend here to set him up, to take a picture of him so that I could use it against him in the next campaign."
Thomson tells John Tory in hindsight, she wished she'd confronted the mayor when the alleged assault happened, but she was in shock.
She says as she talked over the incident with fellow party-goers, someone suggested she needed evidence or no one would believe her story. Thomson says her assistant volunteered herself to go back to where Ford was & have her picture taken with him, to see if he would grab her too.
Thomson says they were both concerned that Ford may be assaulting other women at the party & that he needed to be stopped.
Thomson says was inspired to come forward because of a piece she's writing for International Women's Day & has been researching powerful women who've changed the world. She tells Tory "I have to call him on this and get the public to decide, what do we do about this?"
She worries though that she may have "wrecked the purpose" of piping up & all the media attention on her may have discouraged other women from reporting abuse.
WAS THOMSON DRINKING?
Thomson is sticking to her assertion that she only had a beer & cranberry juice to drink at the party.
Richmond Hill councillor Carmine Perelli tells Newstalk 1010's Jim Richards he & Thomson had both been drinking Scotch. Thomson suggests he's got all wrong.
Thomson says Perelli quipped that she should be drinking scotch like him & she joked that she was, as she gripped a glass of bright red juice. Perelli was apparently wearing sunglasses at the time.
ALLEGATIONS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE?
Speaking with John Tory, Sarah Thomson explained why she backed off a suggestion she made in the morning that Rob Ford may have substance abuse problem and might need help.
Thomson had said the mayor was out of it. She tells Tory though, she has no idea what was "wrong" with the mayor: whether he was drunk, on drugs or having a breakdown. But Thomson maintains the man she saw Thursday night "was not the Rob Ford we all know."
The woman who introduces herself future of mayor of Toronto admits her allegations have likely hurt her political future.
Thomson says her friends are already calling to tell her "Hey, your ass is all over Toronto". She tells Tory "I think that is going to stick to me."
You can watch John Tory's full interview with Sarah Thomson below.