|Belleville Police Chief Cory McMullan (left) and Belleville Mayor Neil Ellis attended the funeral of Jessica Lloyd, 27, at the John R. Bush Funeral Home in Belleville recently. Col. Russell Williams, former base commander of CFB Trenton, has been charged with two counts of murder - one in connection with Lloyd's death. (Jack Boland, QMI Agency)
BELLEVILLE, Ont. – The mayor of Belleville, Ont., dispelled rumours he's having an affair with the town's chief of police.
Mayor Neil Ellis admitted he was with Chief Cory McMullan the night she was allegedly attacked by her husband, but said it was completely innocent.
After two weeks of rumours circulating the town, Ellis said he had to speak out because it was starting to take a toll on his family.
"I haven't heard truth to any of the rumours," Ellis told QMI Agency. "There's no truth in any of the rumours."
Those rumours primarily involve suggestions Ellis and McMullan were having an affair, and that this prompted McMullan's husband, David, to attack them both.
Ellis, who shows no signs of having been attacked, admitted he was with McMullan the night of the alleged assault, but that she was just giving him a ride home.
On Aug. 6, a Friday night, he said he took his daughter to the movies and returned home shortly after 9 p.m., before driving his car back to the theatre and leaving it there for his son who works at the mall.
He began walking to a friend's house, when the chief pulled up and asked if he wanted a ride. He said she wanted to discuss city business.
The mayor said as they were driving, he looked in the rearview window and "someone just came flying in at about 90 miles per hour."
That person was David McMullan.
Ellis said, the chief drove to a nearby parking lot and pulled over.
He said McMullan's husband "jumped out" of his vehicle and "started screaming."
“(He) started to get madder, he charges me and he grabs my shirt and I grabbed him at the same time and said 'What are you doing?'"
Ellis said the pair did not exchange blows and McMullan did not make an attempt to hit him. He said he pushed the man away.
Ellis said the chief then instructed him to leave, saying she would handle it. The married couple drove away in separate vehicles.
Roughly one hour later, near midnight, Ellis said, he received a phone call from the chief informing him her husband had been charged with assault.
McMullan alleged her husband assaulted her later that evening at home. She was left with a sling on her left arm.
The next day, Ellis made an official police statement.
Then the rumours started.
"My 84-year-old mother, my 13-year-old daughter.... It's gone through my wife's work place," he said. "It just won't stop. People are looking for a sensational story and domestic abusers don't have to have an excuse to do what they do. There's no big story here.
"Basically, this is Cory's domestic. My involvement in it is a drive from North Front Street to the Belleville Plaza."
McMullan, in a written statement, told QMI Agency it would be inappropriate for her to address the rumours at this "difficult time."
"I have made my statement to the media and will not be commenting any further as this is a legal matter before the courts,” McMullan wrote.
McMullan reiterated an earlier request for privacy as she and her family deal with the matter.
On Aug. 11, McMullan admitted to media that she was the victim of domestic abuse.
David McMullan, 53, is charged with assault and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 30.