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TORONTO Escorts to pay $1 million in legal fees to settle lawsuit with city

TORONTA — Escorts have agreed to pay nearly $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of stealing $25,000 from the city.

The settlement comes a day after Toronto city council approved the $1-million sum for the legal costs of the alleged assault.

Escorts were allegedly hired in the city’s downtown district in 2014.

Police allege that they repeatedly assaulted the women, who were mostly women of colour.

In addition to the legal fees, the escorts are also getting medical expenses and $1,000 in punitive damages.

Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a statement the city is “extremely disappointed” that the escorting business is involved in this situation.

“The escorts have been accused of being prostitutes, and there is no evidence of any wrongdoing,” he said.

The city was aware of the allegations against them and worked with the Escort Assistance Program to address them.

Tory said the city will also work with the escort’s union to help it address issues with their legal representation.