Brazeau must go to rehab after release on bail

Senator Patrick Brazeau leaves Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario in this October 23, 2013 file...

Senator Patrick Brazeau leaves Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario in this October 23, 2013 file photo. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files)

Danielle Bell, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:48 PM ET

OTTAWA ─ Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau walked out of a Gatineau, Que., courtroom a free man Friday, after being granted bail following allegations of domestic violence, threatening a man and cocaine possession.

But he won't have too much freedom ─ he has been ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment at a rehab centre, Melaric, which is about 130 kilometres east of Gatineau, in Saint-André-d'Argenteuil.

"He's going to live there 24/7 unless he obtains permission from one of the representatives," prosecutor Stephany Robitaille said outside court.

Brazeau will stay for an indeterminate amount of time.

It means his days as an Ottawa strip club manager are likely over.

"Obviously he's probably not going to be working for us anymore," said BareFax Gentlemen's Club owner Phil Bentivoglio.

Brazeau said he understood the charges and had no problem with them.

Click on the left-hand side the of timeline to see Brazeau's fall from grace.

He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault, uttering threats, drug possession and breaching court-ordered conditions to keep the peace.

He was granted bail for $5,000.

Less than two hours after Brazeau appeared in court, he slipped out the side of the building and got into a black SUV.

He must stay at his dad's home in Maniwaki, Que., or at a friend's residence for 72 hours, until treatment.

With that comes a court-ordered curfew, from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

He was also ordered to not be around the two alleged victims.

Gatineau police were called to a home for a domestic disturbance shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday, to find a man and woman fighting on the porch.


Senator Patrick Brazeau arrives on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 25, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

In regards to his sex assault and assault charges stemming from a separate February incident last year, the matter was put over to April 25 to set a date for trial.

Brazeau also faces charges of breach of trust and fraud for housing expenses filed as a senator.

Brazeau is set to return to court on the latest charges on June 17.

- with files from Jessie Archambault

danielle.bell@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @ottawasundbell


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