TORONTO – Toronto police have charged a woman who is alleged to have thrown a drink at embattled Mayor Rob Ford.
Police say a cup of juice was thrown at Ford on Saturday afternoon while he was attending an Italian street festival.
Police had no other details about the incident or whether there is any connection to the negative publicity the mayor has received in recent weeks.
Twenty-seven-year-old Shannon Everett faces an assault charge and is scheduled to appear in court on July 23 to face the allegation.
The mayor alluded to the incident briefly Sunday in the weekly radio show he hosts with his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, saying the pair had experienced “some excitement” the previous day.
Doug Ford went further, simultaneously condemning and brushing off what he called his brother’s “little shower.”
“That’s unfortunate but it’s no big deal…It’s what I feel is crossing the line,” he said on the afternoon radio show.
Ford has been on the hot seat for weeks over media reports of an alleged video that appears to show him smoking crack cocaine, which he has denied using.
The scandal has generated international headlines and the mayor’s latest publicity generated considerable mirth on social media sites like Twitter.
“I will buy this woman a drink,” one person tweeted.
“whoever you are, I love you,” another person chimed in.
However some people expressed disapproval of the alleged drink throwing
“I do not support Ford but this was NOT necessary,” one tweet read.