Toronto councillor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault, his lawyer says

Longtime Toronto councillor Michael Thompson has been charged in connection with a sexual assault investigation, his lawyer has told CP24.

Lawyer Calvin Barry, acting on behalf of Thompson, said the alleged incident occurred in Muskoka in July 2022.

Thompson will be fighting the case “vigorously,” Barry said, adding the allegations were made by two women.

He noted that Thompson, who is facing two counts of sexual assault, has a court date on Nov. 1 in Bracebridge.

Police have not released any information about the case.

In a statement, Tory said Thompson has stepped down as one of his deputy mayors after being charged by the Ontario Provincial Police.

“I take sexual assault allegations and charges against any individual very seriously,” he said.

“While the councillor is facing these charges, it would not be appropriate for him to continue serving as a deputy mayor or chair of a standing council committee. He has agreed and will be resigning those positions effective immediately.”

Thompson was a member of Tory’s executive committee and the chair of Toronto’s Economic and Community Development Committee.

He is running for re-election in Ward 21 Scarborough Centre.

CP24 has reached out to Thompson for comment but has not heard back.

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