Steve Paikin cleared after investigation into allegations of inappropriate comments

first_imgTVO journalist Steve Paikin has been cleared of allegations that he made an inappropriate sexual comment to a Toronto mayoral candidate during a business lunch in 2010.“An independent third-party investigation commissioned by TVO to examine allegations by Sarah Thomson has been completed,” said TVO Chief Executive Officer Lisa de Wilde in a written statement regarding the complaint by the former Toronto mayoral candidate.“The investigation was carried out by Rachel Turnpenney of Turnpenney Milne LLP. It involved interviews with 21 witnesses over 11 weeks. The investigator found that the allegations were not substantiated and Mr. Paikin did not violate TVO policies. As such, the investigation is now closed. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “TVO is proud of the work of Steve Paikin, who has been at the centre of TVO’s journalism for more than 25 years.”Statement from #TVO CEO Lisa de Wilde on Release of Independent Investigation— tvo (@tvo) April 27, 2018On Twitter, Paikin, a married father of four, expressed relief that the ordeal was over.while the last 11 weeks have been pretty difficult, i’m relieved to read this report. my deepest thanks to all who believed me.— Steve Paikin (@spaikin) April 27, 2018“While the last 11 weeks have been pretty difficult, I’m relieved to read this report,” the veteran broadcaster tweeted.“My deepest thanks to all who believed me,” he said.Thomson had alleged that Paikin had sexually propositioned her during a 2010 lunch.The 27-page report calls Thomson a “complex complainant.”“At times, the investigator had some serious concerns with Thomson’s approach to the investigation. The investigator learned that Thomson was contacting potential witnesses in what appeared to be either a fishing expedition to secure other potential complainants against Paikin or to garner support for her recollection. Thomson also demonstrated a tendency to suggest to witnesses a version of events (in line with her own perspective) prior to their interviews with the investigator.“That said, Thomson ultimately presented in a forthright and unguarded manner.”“…There is little doubt that Thomson genuinely believes that Paikin made a sexual advance and/or sexually proposition her at the 2010 Grano lunch,” but her version of events was not substantiated, the report continues.“Ultimately, the investigator did not accept Thomson’s assertion that Paikin, a seasoned journalist with an immense knowledge of politicians, would have conducted himself as alleged.“Specifically, the investigator found it implausible that Paikin would flagrantly ask Thomson, in a public place, to sleep with him or have sex with him (or words to that effect) in the presence of Thomson’s team member.”The investigator said the team member, who attended the lunch, gave inconsistent evidence and could not remember sending an email to Thomson afterwards discussing the alleged incident.Thomson also alleged Paikin had made follow-up comments to her in 2012 at a Liberal Party event regarding his 2010 proposition, but the report says “the date and location of the event was unclear,” she did not provide any expenses or records, and a witness she directed the investigator to “wasn’t sure if he ever met Paikin.”Thomson is the chief executive officer and publisher of Women’s Post, an online publication for women in business. She ran for Toronto mayor in 2010, MPP in 2011, and again municipally in 2014.Her complaint also alleged that after rebuffing Paikin in 2010, he had prevented her from appearing on his current affairs show, The Agenda. However, Thomson did appear on the show in 2011.By KRISTIN RUSHOWY – Queen’s Park Bureau Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Facebook A statement released by TVO stated that the independent third-party investigation commissioned by TVO to examine allegations by Sarah Thomson was completed and allegations were not substantiated. Login/Register With:last_img