Daniel Dale will sue Rob Ford over pervert accusation

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale. (QMI Agency Files)

Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale. (QMI Agency Files)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been served with a notice of libel by a Toronto Star reporter.

Daniel Dale, the Star's acting city hall bureau chief, took the first step Thursday in suing the mayor over comments Ford made about him in an interview with Conrad Black.

A notice of libel was also sent to ZoomerMedia's Vision TV — the channel that aired the interview twice on Monday. Dale now has a three-month window to file a statement of claim.

Ford was served in his city hall office Thursday and has yet to respond publicly to the looming lawsuit.

The notice of claim focuses on Ford's comments to Black about his encounter with Dale near his home back in May 2012.

"I have little kids. When a guy is taking pictures with little kids, I don't want to say that word but you start thinking, you know, what is this guy all about?" Ford told Black.

Dale's lawyer Paul Schabas writes in the notice that Ford's comment is a "vicious libel of Mr. Dale."

"In its plain and ordinary meaning, Rob Ford is calling Mr. Dale a pedophile," the notice reads.