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Ontario Tory Leader 'categorically' denies 'troubling allegations'

Ontario Provincial Conservative Leader Patrick Brown answers questions from the media following opening the second session of the 41st Parliament of Ontario in Toronto on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Ontario's Opposition leader says he plans to ignore a libel notice from Premier Kathleen Wynne. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
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Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown is denying "troubling allegations" about his conduct

Brown made a statement at a surprise news conference Wednesday night

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown says he “categorically” denies “troubling allegations” about his conduct.

A visibly emotional Brown said he was made aware of sexual misconduct allegations earlier on Wednesday, but he did not provide details on what those allegations are.

“I will defend myself as hard as I can with all means at my disposal,” he said at a surprise news conference Wednesday night. “I know the court of public opinion moves fast. I’ve instructed my attorneys to ensure that these allegations are addressed where they should be –in a court of law.”

“In short, I reject these accusations in the strongest possible terms, it’s not my values, it’s not how I was raised, it’s not who I am,” he continued.

CTV News tweeted that two women have come forward with graphic claims against Brown.

The broadcaster said the allegations date back to when Brown was a federal MP.

The Opposition leader called a late-night news conference to make a brief statement and then left the legislature without answering any questions.

Senior members of Brown’s staff have announced their resignation in light of the accusations despite his claims denying them.

More to come.