Lawyer for Toronto councilor Michael Thompson in sexual assault case just steps away

The lawyer who was acting on behalf of councilor Michael Thompson when he was charged in a sexual assault investigation has waived the case.

Attorney Calvin Barry told CP24 on Saturday that he will no longer represent Thompson as he fights to release the charges.

Barry first confirmed earlier this week that the longtime Scarborough councilor was facing two counts of sexual assault.

His close ties to Thompson were the reason for his dismissal from the case, as he would not be objective enough to perform his duties as a lawyer.

Barry added that Thompson detained him on an emergency basis when he learned of the charges, and made sure he cooperated with the police.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said they have charged the 62-year-old councilor in connection with alleged sexual assaults that took place at a private residence in Muskoka. Police are not giving any further details about the case to protect the identities of the victims.

According to Barry, the complaints were filed by two women and the alleged incident took place in early July.

Before resigning from Thompson’s attorney, he told CTV News Toronto that the councilor plans to plead innocent and will conduct a “strong defense.”

“We have some information, sort of a mutual disclosure so to speak, (which) we will be providing to the OPP shortly and hopefully this will be behind him sooner or later,” said Barry.

Thompson will appear in Bracebridge Court on Nov. 1.

He wants to be re-elected as councilor for Ward 21 Scarborough Center in the October 24 municipal election.

Thompson was one of the deputy mayors and a member of Mayor John Tory’s executive committee. He also chaired the city’s economic and community development committee.

In a statement following news of his indictment, Tory said the councilor had agreed to step down from those positions.

He was first elected to the city council in 2003.

It was not immediately known who Thompson will represent in the further case. CP24 has contacted Thompson but has not heard back.

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