Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: I drank a little with my friends before latest video – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

(CNN) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted to drinking again after a video posted on social media showed him babbling about the city’s police chief Monday night while he was at a fast food restaurant.

The mayor, who had pledged to refrain from alcohol, stopped briefly to talk to reporters Tuesday when he was asked about the video that shows him incoherently talking to customers at a Steak Queen in Rexdale.

“I was with some friends and what I do with my personal life, and with my personal friends, that’s up to me,” he said.

The mayor said he only had a little bit to drink and didn’t do drugs Monday.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford accidentally knocks down Councillor Pam McConnell, in green, as he runs toward hecklers in the audience at City Hall in Toronto, on Monday, November 18. Toronto's City Council voted Friday to strip Ford of his ability to govern in case of an emergency and to appoint and dismiss his senior staff, unprecedented moves aimed at reining him in.Toronto Mayor Rob Ford accidentally knocks down Councillor Pam McConnell, in green, as he runs toward hecklers in the audience at City Hall in Toronto, on Monday, November 18. Toronto’s City Council voted Friday to strip Ford of his ability to govern in case of an emergency and to appoint and dismiss his senior staff, unprecedented moves aimed at reining him in.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts to City Council members on Thursday, November 14, after former aides told police they had concerns about his drug use and drunken driving. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts to City Council members on Thursday, November 14, after former aides told police they had concerns about his drug use and drunken driving.
Ford displays a milk mustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on November. 14.Ford displays a milk mustache as he takes part in voting with city council members in Toronto on November. 14.
Hundreds gather in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square on November 13 to call for the Mayor to resign.Hundreds gather in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on November 13 to call for the Mayor to resign.
Ford responds to Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong's motion for the Mayor to step down and refuses to take a leave on November 13.Ford responds to Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s motion for the Mayor to step down and refuses to take a leave on November 13.
Ford addresses the media at City Hall in Toronto on November 5 as he acknowledges that he smoked crack "probably a year ago," when he was in a "drunken stupor," but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside.Ford addresses the media at City Hall in Toronto on November 5 as he acknowledges that he smoked crack “probably a year ago,” when he was in a “drunken stupor,” but he refused to resign despite immense pressure to step aside.
Ford denies using crack cocaine during a press conference at City Hall on May 24. On his right is Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and on his left is his brother Councilor Doug Ford. Allegations that the Mayor had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May. Ford initially insisted the video didn't exist, sidestepped questions about whether he had ever smoked crack and rebuffed growing calls to step down.Ford denies using crack cocaine during a press conference at City Hall on May 24. On his right is Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday and on his left is his brother Councilor Doug Ford. Allegations that the Mayor had been caught on video smoking crack surfaced in news reports in May. Ford initially insisted the video didn’t exist, sidestepped questions about whether he had ever smoked crack and rebuffed growing calls to step down.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Photos: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford controversyPhotos: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford controversy

Crack-smoking mayor jams with choir

Toronto mayor denies attempt to buy tape

In the video, which lasts 66 seconds, Ford speaks at times in Creole with a Jamaican accent. He is dressed in a suit and tie, with his back to the counter. He uses a profanity at the beginning of the clip to describe Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

It’s the latest embarrassment for Ford, infamous for admitting he smoked crack and drank too much. Ford has denied being an addict.

Documents: Criminal suspects claimed Rob Ford tried to buy damaging video

Ford’s saga began in May, when allegations emerged that he appeared to be smoking crack cocaine on a pipe on cell phone video taken months earlier, in winter 2012.

After initially denying that he had smoked the drug, he admitted in November that he did. The city council later voted to strip him of most of his power as mayor, reducing him to primarily a figurehead.

Ford has ignored calls for him to resign or enter rehab and has said he will run for re-election in October.

A man of contrasts, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leads his ‘nation’ in controversy



Comments

Write a Reply or Comment:

Your email address will not be published.*