Councillor knocked down by Rob Ford hasn't ruled out legal action

Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell nurses a fat lip while Mayor Rob Ford hugs her after Ford...

Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell nurses a fat lip while Mayor Rob Ford hugs her after Ford barrelled into her during a raucous city council meeting Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

TORONTO — Mayor Rob Ford has been through his share of legal battles since taking office, and his next fight in a courtroom may be against diminutive Coun. Pam McConnell.

McConnell told QMI Agency she has had to receive physiotherapy and continues to suffer headaches and shoulder and neck pain since being knocked down by Ford during a heated Nov. 18 council meeting to deal with the mayor’s scandals.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with chiropractors and massage therapists,” McConnell said. “The next day (I realized) he had clearly hurt my shoulder and neck, and certainly I’ve been battling with headaches. But, in general, I’m lucky to be alive, and I’m very thankful I haven’t stopped my work.”

McConnell also said she hasn’t ruled out taking some kind of legal action against Ford, who knocked her over while running to the rescue of his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, who was having an argument with spectators in the council chamber’s gallery.

Staffers helped her up. She suffered a fat lip.


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