Conservative aboriginal Senator Patrick Brazeau, who was arrested in early February for attacking a woman in his home, punched, choked and pushed her during an argument over aboriginal issues, according to a police search warrant.
Police were called at about 9 a.m. on February 7 “by a woman in Brazeau’s home who says he punched her, choked her, tore her pants off and pushed her down a flight of stairs, breaking the railing,” the Canadian Press reported. “The complainant also alleges Brazeau aggressively grabbed her breast and another area of her body, called her vulgar names in French and English, spit in her face, and tore up a bra and blouse she was trying to pack in a suitcase.”
The warrant, released to the public on February 26, “seeks to find the bra, blouse and a button that was torn from her pants as her zipper broke,” the Canadian Press said. “None of the allegations have been proven in court.”
According to the warrant, the argument erupted over aboriginal issues. Brazeau has earned notoriety for his public criticism of the grassroots indigenous-rights Idle No More movement and for disparaging Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence during a six-week-long fast she held in December and January to protest government indigenous policies.
Upon his arrest, the 38-year-old Brazeau was thrown out of the Conservative caucus by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Senate suspended him on February 12, but he still collects his $132,000 salary.
Brazeau has not publicly commented on the matter. He was released the day after his arrest on $1,000 bail and ordered not to go within 500 feet (150 meters) of the complainant, whose name has not been released. He also must not possess firearms. Brazeau is next due to appear in court on March 22 on one charge each of domestic and sexual assault.
Senate leader Marjory LeBreton told Postmedia News that the presumption of innocence means that Brazeau keeps his post until the matter is resolved. If he is found guilty, then further measures could be taken.