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Laval mayor embroiled in scandal

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MONTREAL -- In yet another city-hall scandal, the interim mayor of Laval, Que., responded Thursday to news reports about an alleged incident involving a prostitute.

A spokesman for replacement mayor Alexandre Duplessis said the mayor felt he was the victim of an extortion attempt and reported the June 14 incident to police.

He did not, however, confirm two media reports the complaint to police was triggered by a dispute with an escort over payment.

"The mayor's confirming that there's been an extortion attempt against him," said mayoral spokesman Pierre-Philippe Lortie.

"He immediately called the authorities. As we speak, it's in their hands."

The case represents only the latest controversy involving a Canadian mayor following resignations, criminal charges and police investigations of municipal leaders in different cities.

Duplessis himself replaced a predecessor who resigned amid corruption allegations and, next door in Montreal, a fellow replacement mayor resigned last week after being arrested on corruption charges.

Police did confirm they were investigating an extortion allegation involving an escort.

When asked specifically about news reports involving the Laval mayor, provincial police confirmed they were investigating an extortion attempt against someone in Quebec -- but would not name the person who filed the complaint.

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 28, 2013 A18

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