A Toronto Star reporter is suing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for suggesting he was a pedophile in a recent television interview.

Ford appeared on a Vision TV interview with former media baron and convicted felon Conrad Black and accused Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale of taking pictures of little kids. Ford said he didn't "want to say that word but you start thinking what this guy is all about."

Ford's insinuation was related to an instance when Dale was close to the mayor's house, investigating a plot of land adjacent to Ford's home that the mayor wanted to buy.

Dale wrote a letter in the Toronto Star saying he served Ford with a libel notice Thursday, the first step in the process of pursuing a defamation lawsuit.