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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to a crowd during deputy mayor Norm Kelly's Barbeque at Bridlewood Park on September 4, 2013, in Scarborough.Philip Cheung

Everything's peachy for the woman who was facing assault charges for allegedly tossing an organic peach drink at Mayor Rob Ford in June.

The Crown withdrew its case against Shannon Everett on Friday, three months after a sugary cocktail struck Mr. Ford during an appearance at Taste of Little Italy.

The crown told the court that the victim, Mr. Ford, had no interest in proceeding with the case. The mayor did not show up for the brief court proceeding Friday morning.

Mr. Everett's high-profile lawyer, Marie Heinen, had indicated from the start of the case that she planned a vigorous test of Mr. Ford's credibility as a witness.

Ms. Everett donated $500 to the CAMH Foundation before the charges were formally withdrawn.

Immediately following the June incident, Mr. Ford had questioned his attacker's sobriety on his weekend radio show.

"There was something in that cup. I tried to take a quick whiff – I don't know if it was rye or vodka or something," the mayor said while laughing, before adding: "It's not funny. That hurt, man. When it hits you in the face, you don't expect it, right?"

Reading a statement on Friday, Ms. Everett expressed relief with the outcome and denied she had thrown the drink.

"As I am sure, many people can imagine, being accused of a crime by the Mayor of this City has been an awful experience," she said, according to a typed version of the statement provided by her lawyer. "What was even worse was to hear Mr. Ford publicly insinuating that I was intoxicated or mentally unstable. Just to be clear, I had not been drinking, nor was my conduct the result of any sort of mental illness. And the truth is, I have never and would never throw a drink in anyone's face. Even Mayor Ford."