Mr. MacIntyre’s lawsuit and his interview with The Globe are his first public description of the beating that his statement of claim says left him with a severely fractured tibia and fibula, and at least four teeth that were “sheared at the gum line.”
Mr. MacIntyre is familiar with the confines of the Toronto West Detention Centre. He is a convicted drug trafficker who has served prison stints in both Canada and the United Kingdom. He has suffered from a drug addiction that he says he has kicked over the past two years.
So, when he was jailed again in January, 2012, he says he repeatedly asked to be placed in a range of the jail, unit 3A, that typically houses older and calmer inmates. But his requests were denied, his statement of claim alleges, and he continued to be kept in the general population.
“I have been incarcerated many times and I could feel the tension,” Mr. MacIntyre said in the interview. “Plus [the story of the arrest] was all over the news and everybody from the Rexdale area and I was getting bombarded with questions. I just had a bad feeling,” he said.
About two weeks after he was admitted to jail, on Jan. 27, Mr. MacIntyre sent a letter to Kathy Ford, which the court later called a violation of his no-contact order with the mayor. He threatened to cause “a shitstorm.”
“You and your family have one chance to leave me the fuck alone and stop this shit!,” he wrote in the letter. “You and your family think I should play nice! Fuck you.”
But the letter was intercepted by jail officials. As punishment, Mr. MacIntyre was placed in segregation. After his stint was over, jail officials returned him to the general population, the claim alleges.
According to the lawsuit, Mr. Petros, said there would be “dire consequences” if he did not remain quiet about the mayor. Mr. Petros was constantly “in my ear,” Mr. MacIntyre said in the interview.
“He was boisterous, overbearing. He was always on me. No matter where I turned, he seemed to be there, like a shadow, constantly,” Mr. MacIntyre told The Globe.
“I would just cut him off and say get lost, leave me alone. And then I would sit down to play cards and if I’d stand up, he’d be right on me, in my ear… He was trying to push himself on me, to intimidate me.”
In his interview with The Globe, Mr. MacIntyre said he had no recollection of Mr. Petros before his incarceration, except for a phone call that he says the mayor made to Kathy Ford in the summer of 2011, shortly after Mr. Petros was arrested coming out of the home that they had invaded in a search for money and drugs. The mayor was concerned for his former player and he wanted to know whether Mr. MacIntyre had any insight into the implications of Mr. Petros “ripping somebody off that was supposedly to do with the underworld,” Mr. MacIntyre said. “I said I didn’t know the guy and didn’t want to get involved.”
Mr. Petros invoked the name of Mr. Aboodowleh, a former assistant coach on Don Bosco who is a friend of Mr. Ford, Mr. MacIntyre said in the interview. Mr. MacIntyre said he has never met Mr. Aboodowleh, who has an extensive record for crimes of violence. The claim also alleges that a video of the mayor ranting about wanting to kill someone, released in November, was filmed at Mr. Aboodowleh’s house and was referring to Mr. MacIntyre.
Mr. Morris, the mayor’s lawyer, said on behalf of Mr. Ford: “He denies he was going to kill anybody.”
Mr. MacIntyre said jailhouse culture prevented him from asking for Mr. Petros to be moved – “No, you don’t do stuff like that” – and that his only choice was to try to get himself removed from the unit.
But before he could, he says he was attacked. On March 22, as Mr. MacIntyre was drying his head with a towel outside the unit’s showers, he was assaulted, his lawsuit alleges. He said he could not identify his attackers because of the towel, but he told The Globe he was struck and then brought to the ground with either a tackle or a kick to the leg. “I heard the snap and I fell on my back,” he said.