Among the many big names that have allegedly spent time on Tony Accurso's luxury yacht called the Touch — an unlikely one surfaced today at the Charbonneau Commission's hearings.
During his third day on the stand Thursday, the former construction boss rattled off a partial list of people he had invited on his yacht — "friends from military school, childhood friends, and Mick Jagger, who came to spend time on the boat."
He offered up no further details on when Jagger's appearance took place, or what his ties were to the Rolling Stones frontman.
Accurso added that no sitting federal MPs or provincial MNAs ever came on board his yacht. In earlier testimony, a rival construction boss, Joe Borsellino, had suggested that Tony Tomassi, a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister, had spent time on the boat — something Accurso dismissed as "gossip".
“I do not like him and maybe he does not like me either," Accurso said of Borsellino. "He spoke badly of me and I was talking bad about him."
Earlier, Accurso denied he cultivated friendships with powerful union officials to help his own business.
In the last few years, the Touch — which Accurso has since sold — has become infamous, owing to the number of union officials and municipal politicians that were rumored to have spent time on it, at times when Accurso's construction companies had been going through the process of bidding for contracts.