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No charges for Patrick Brazeau after late-night Gatineau incident

Sen. Patrick Brazeau leaves a courthouse in Gatineau, Que., after he was formally charged with assault and sexual assault Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.


Patrick Brazeau's office is denying reports that the independent senator was arrested after an altercation at a home in Gatineau, Que., on Monday night.

In response to questions about the Tory senator, Gatineau police would say only that they responded to a call for help at a residence. In a statement, the police force said that no charges will be laid in connection with the intervention and refused to provide further details on the incident.

A policy adviser to the Senator declined to elaborate on the incident and asked reporters to respect Mr. Brazeau's privacy regarding "personal health-related information."

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"We appreciate the many messages of concern received by our office," Debby Simms wrote in an e-mail. "We must reiterate that there was no arrest."

Mr. Brazeau, 38, was released on $1,000 bail earlier this year after being charged with assault and sexual assault. He has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. He was suspended from the Senate and removed from the Conservative caucus earlier this year.

The Quebec senator is one of four members of the Red Chamber whose expense claims are under investigation by the RCMP.

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