Senator Brazeau romantically linked to owner of house at scene of Quebec police "intervention"

Senator Patrick Brazeau had a romantic relationship with the female owner of the house where Gatineau police said they conducted an “intervention” early Tuesday morning, according to photos posted online.

(Facebook photo dated June 24, 2013)

By Jorge Barrera
APTN National News
Senator Patrick Brazeau had a romantic relationship with the female owner of the house where Gatineau police said they conducted an “intervention” early Tuesday morning, according to photos posted online.

APTN National News contacted the woman who refused to provide details about what transpired, saying only that Brazeau did not hurt her. She asked the reporter calling if they knew Brazeau.

The woman recently posted photos on her Facebook page of Brazeau. Several photos show the woman and Brazeau in various poses embracing. One of the photos, posted on Sept. 24, has the letters “xoxo” typed across the top. The first photo showing the pair was dated June 24.

Local radio station 104.7 FM reported Tuesday that a woman told authorities that Brazeau was in a state of “psychological distress” in a Gatineau, Que., home.

The report said police detained Brazeau for his own health. The report said he resisted their intervention, leading police to use pepper spray. The report also revealed the location of the incident.

Gatineau police issued a statement Tuesday evening confirming an incident occurred at the reported address.

The statement said no one was charged with any crime and no information would be released about the incident. Police described the incident as “a possible intervention.”

“This type of information is confidential and we will not answer any questions,” said the statement.

Brazeau’s office issued an emailed statement Wednesday saying Brazeau was not arrested during the incident.

His assistant described the incident as “health-related” in the email.

“Canadians reasonably expect some measure of privacy regarding their personal health-related information and we would humbly ask the media to respect that privacy,” said the statement.

Gatineau sits across the Ottawa River from Canada’s capital city.

Neighbours described a chaotic scene that unfolded in the early morning hours Tuesday.

One neighbour said she was woken just before 4 a.m. by flashing police lights across the street.

The neighbour said she saw about four police cars and an ambulance. She said one individual, who appeared to be male, was put into an ambulance, while another man was put into the back of the police car.

Another neighbour said one of the police officers was washing out his eyes out with water as a result of pepper spray.

The neighbour said police remained at the house for until at least 4 p.m. on Tuesday and they saw officers in white jump suits, “like in CSI,” entering the house.

Neighbours said the house is owned by a woman who is originally from Maniwaki, Que., which is Brazeau’s home town.

Neighbours said the woman was renting out a basement apartment and that she left with family during the day.

One neighbour said they saw the woman walking with a bandaged knee during the day Tuesday.

Another neighbour said they saw a man with tattoos moving out of the house during the day.

No one answered the door at the house Tuesday evening.

Brazeau has a court date next Wednesday stemming from charges of assault and sexual assault against another woman he was once living with at a different house in Gatineau which he was renting. Brazeau no longer lives at that address. The current residents say they have been living there since September.

Brazeau was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Senate in 2008. He has since been banished from the Conservative caucus and sits as an Independent.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

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