CTV has been given more time to file its defense in the Patrick Brown lawsuit against the network.
Howard Winkler, one of Brown’s lawyers, said CTV News has been given until June 30 to file its statement of defencs, as a professional courtesy.
Although served with the lawsuit the week of April 23 with a 20-day time limit on filing its defense, CTV News filed a notice of intent to defer at the beginning of May.
Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader and current Simcoe North MPP, filed the defamation lawsuit against CTV News over its reporting of what he called false accusations of sexual misconduct.
In his statement of claim,Brown says CTV and its reporters failed to properly scrutinize and verify the allegations, which date back to his time as a federal MP.
He further alleges the network gave him only hours to respond before broadcasting the story on Jan. 24.