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Canadian Senator Colin Kenny May Have Used His Senate Address To Sign Up For Ashley Madison

A "Colin Kenny" signed up with the Senator's private office address and spent over $1,000 on the site.

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An Liberal Senator who has been dogged by sexual assault allegations appears to have used his Senate office address to set up an Ashley Madison profile.

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The Ashley Madison leak has exposed millions of people to embarrassment as their dating profiles have been made public. The site marketed itself as a place for married people to have an affair.

The leak shows someone in Ottawa named "Colin Kenny" spent hundreds of dollars on the site over three years. This person's address was listed as "parliament buildings the senate of canada," along with a postal code that corresponds to the Senate.

Other payments to the same account list an office on Wellington Street in Ottawa. Senate offices are not listed publicly but BuzzFeed Canada has confirmed the address matches the office of longtime senator Colin Kenny.

The account is tied to 14 payments between 2008 and 2010 totaling $3,180, but several of those listings appear to be duplicates. The actual total appears to be about $1,300.

Senator Kenny did not respond to email and phone requests for comment.

Kenny was appointed to the Senate by Pierre Trudeau in 1984. He temporarily resigned from the Liberal caucus in 2013 after becoming the subject of a sexual assault investigation.

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Senators receive work credit cards, but it's not clear whether the payments were made by a Senate-issued card or a personal card linked to Kenny's office.

Even if the payments were made from a Senate-issued card it does not mean they were covered by taxpayers. Senators must separately submit work expenses for reimbursement. However, use of a work credit card for personal purposes is against Senate rules.

The "Colin Kenny" Ashley Madison profile's bio states: "Really good conversation is a turn on... I'm certainly into sexual pleasure and excitement. I enjoy trying new things, (and even some old ones,) particularly if they please my partner."

The bio also lists which sex acts he prefers, and cites "discretion" as a quality in his ideal woman.

If it is Kenny, this is not the first time his sexual conduct has made news. At least seven women have accused Kenny of harassment. One former Kenny aide alleged he made her do personal chores and even had her pick up his erectile disfunction pills.

One woman who worked at a tanning salon Kenny used to own told police that Kenny ordered her to perform oral sex on him or she would risk losing her job. Police did not lay charges. In 2013 she launched a formal complaint with the Senate.

Kenny said the allegations were fabricated. In 2014, Senate investigators sided with Kenny and concluded the complaints were unfounded.

After the complaint was lodged with the Senate, several more women came forward to Radio-Canada reporter Brigitte Bureau with harassment allegations. Kenny has never been charged and none of the allegations were proven in court.

There have been published allegations of inappropriate behaviour by Kenny dating back to the mid-90s.

Paul McLeod is a politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

Contact Paul McLeod at paul.mcleod@buzzfeed.com.

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