Ford won't comment on Hulk Hogan defence

Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on Friday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY)

Mayor Rob Ford at City Hall on Friday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/Toronto Sun/QMI AGENCY)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:52 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford arrived at City Hall around 1:30 p.m. Friday and scoffed at a TV reporter who asked him to do the Hulk Hogan impression he's now relying on to fight a $1.5-million lawsuit.

The mayor's statement of defence, filed in court Tuesday, denies he orchestrated a jailhouse beating of his former brother-in-law, Scott MacIntyre.

MacIntyre filed the lawsuit in January, claiming the assault left him with a fractured left leg, facial cuts and dental damage. All of the allegations have yet to be tested in court.

In his statement of claim, MacIntyre pointed to the video that came out last November featuring Ford ranting about wanting to murder someone as evidence that the mayor wanted him dead.

Ford shouts, "I need f---ing 10 minutes to make sure he's dead," in the video.

At the time he was attacked, MacIntyre, then 46, was being held on allegations he uttered threats against the mayor while trying to recover a debt owed by Ford's sister, Kathy.

He was sentenced in June 2012 to five months in addition to time already served for uttering death threats, possession and attempting to break a court order.

Ford's lawyers argue the mayor was actually doing an impression of a professional wrestler in advance of a charity arm wrestling match with Hulk Hogan.

The mayor's impression could have been better, his legal team admitted.

"The defendant is mimicking for the purpose of joking with friends at a private gathering (admittedly poorly) that professional wrestler in the portions of the video references by the plaintiff and incorporated into the statement of claim," it states.


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