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 Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack



Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted smoking crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor", despite denying he had taken the drug.

Mr Ford told reporters at city hall he had taken the drug about a year ago but was not an addict.

The mayor has rejected calls for his resignation after the revelation that a video apparently showing him smoking crack was in police possession.

He has defied calls to quit, vowing to run for re-election next year.

"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," Mr Ford said outside his office on Tuesday.

"There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor. That's why I want to see the tape.

"I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don't even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in."

'It is what it is'

But Mr Ford maintained to reporters that when he previously denied using the drug: "I wasn't lying. You didn't ask the correct questions."


Six months ago, the mayor said: "I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict."

On Tuesday, he said: "I made mistakes in the past and all I can do is apologise. But it is what it is and I can't change the fact, and I can apologise to my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people of this great city."

The allegations of drug use surfaced in May after the gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star reported the video's existence, but it has never been released publicly


One city councillor has put forward a motion demanding the mayor take a leave of absence and co-operate with a police investigation, Canadian media report.

Another councillor, Jaye Robinson, told broadcaster CBC that Mr Ford no longer has "a shred of credibility".

"The real issue is getting the mayor to address his health issues, step aside [and] take a leave of absence, as I've been saying for six long months" she said.

Last week, Canadian police said they had recovered footage from a deleted hard drive that appeared to show Mr Ford smoking from a crack pipe.

Police have not revealed details of the mobile phone clip, but say it is consistent with previous descriptions from media organisations that had viewed it.

They have also not charged Mr Ford with any offence.

His friend and occasional driver Alexander "Sandro" Lisi faces charges of marijuana trafficking, possession and extortion in the wake of a broader police investigation.

Police have said they expect the video will come out when Mr Lisi goes to trial.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Ford's brother criticised Police Chief Bill Blair for saying last week he was "disappointed" with the mayor.

Doug Ford called the chief's comments "inappropriate" and "biased" and called on him to step aside.

Amid his disgrace, the Toronto city leader may take heart from the political comeback of Washington DC Mayor Marion Berry.

He was jailed after being videotaped smoking crack cocaine in 1990, but was re-elected to lead city hall four years later.

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'I didn't give oral sex to one of my staff, I have more than enough to eat at home.


Oh and I didn't take cocaine in a restaurant':

Just another day in the car-crash life of Toronto's crack-smoking mayor


  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offended many this morning when he went on a vulgar rant about oral sex
  • ''It says that I wanted to eat her p****. I would never do that,' Ford said of allegations he made sexual advances on a staffer 
  • 'I've got more than enough to eat at home,' he added
  • Ford quickly apologized for his graphic language at a press conference a few hours later
  • His wife Renata stood behind him as he blamed stress for his outburst 
  • Ford continues to deny all of the allegations revealed in a recent police investigation on him 
  • The report accuses the mayor of snorting cocaine, abusing alcohol and prescription pills as well as hanging out with prostitutes
  • City Council voted yesterday for Ford to take a leave of absence but Ford refused the non-binding decision


It was a busy day for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford who started out ranting about oral sex, only to apologize for his 'graphic language' at another press conference held hours later.

Earlier today, the mayor announced he would be suing ex-staffers Mark Towhey, Issac Ransom and George Christopoulos after they told police they witnessed Ford hanging out with prostitutes as well as abusing alcohol and prescription pills like OxyContin.

He also said he would be suing the waiter of an upscale Toronto restaurant who said the mayor snorted cocaine in the establishment.




Bad words: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford used some pretty graphic language to describe allegations he made sexual advances on a staffer, Olivia Gondek



Allegations that he made sexual advances towards staffer Olivia Gondek seemed to anger the mayor the most.

'It says that I wanted to eat her p****. I would never do that. I'm happily married. I've got more than enough to eat at home, thank you very much,' he said.

At noon, the mayor held yet another press conference backed by his wife Renata to apologize for his 'graphic language' blaming the 'impulse in my remarks' on the last six months of 'tremendous stress'.


'The revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts and prostitution have pushed me over the line,' he said. 'I used unforgivable language.'

Ford has been married to his wife Renata Brejniak since 2000. They met in high school and have two children together, daughter Stephanie and son Doug.



Sorry: Ford apologized at a press conference for using 'graphic language' saying it was the stress of the last six months that caused him to speak impulsively



The wife: Ford's wife Renata Ford stood behind her man during the press conference today. Included in the police investigation on Ford are allegations he patronized prostitutes



Out: Ford seen leaving the briefing room with his wife after the second short press conference



Ford added that yesterday's City Council vote that he take time off to deal with his personal life was the second worst day of his life, after the death of his father.

Since the City Council doesn't have the power to kick Ford out of the job, the decision was non-binding and Ford ultimately refused to step down.

'I'm not an addict of any sort. So I'm not quite sure why you're saying I need help,' Ford said after the vote.





What stress? In his noon press conference today, Ford blamed the tremendous stress' of the past six months for his indecent language referring to alleged sexual advances on a staffer. Pictured at City Hall later, he looked at ease



Decompressing: Ford wipes his face at a City Hall meeting after his noon press conference




Straightening out: Ford said he was seeking help from 'healthcare professionals' but would not elaborate what type of treatment he is receiving



But today's second press conference was the first time Ford seemed at all remorseful for his behavior.

He announced that he was 'getting support' from 'healthcare professionals' but wouldn't detail what kind of help.

Ford said he was 'taking accountability' for his actions and 'accepting responsibility for challenges I face'.


While those statements seem an admission of guilt, the mayor continued to deny the allegations in the police report saying they are '100 per cent lies'. 

He has previously stated his plans to run for reelection in October 2014. 

During yesterday's City Council meating, hundreds of protesters gathered outside City Hall, many of them calling on Ford to step down.

An Ipsos-Reid poll conducted for several TV and radio stations showed that 76 percent of Toronto voters think Ford should step down or take a leave of absence, while only 24 percent agreed with Ford's insistence on staying in his job.



Newly released police documents reveal shocking details about Rob Ford's use of booze, drugs and even a suspected prostitute in the mayor's City Hall office on St Patrick's Day in 2012


Rob Ford's wife Renata Brejniak stood by her man today as he apologized for the 'graphic language' he used to describe allegations he made sexual advances towards a staffer.

Not much is known about Renata, even to people within the Ford circle. She has been described as the 'invisible wife' and an 'enigma' by Toronto Life Magazine.

The couple met in high school when they were only living a few blocks from each other, and got married in 2000. They have an 8-year old daughter, Stephanie, and a 5-year-old son, Douglas.

Doug Holyday, Ford's former deputy mayor was at their wedding held at St George's Golf and Country Club. 

'I don't even know if she has a job,' he told Toronto Life.

The Ford marriage has been far from perfect. In 2008, a domestic dispute started between the two when Ford called the police because of his wife's 'irrational, out-of-control' behavior.

When police 'saw the situation' they informed him to leave with the children so he took them to his mother's house.



Happier times: Ford and his wife (right) celebrating his election as Toronto Mayor in 2010


Television crews covering the dispute showed up to Ford's parents house where he used daughter Stephanie to deflect questions about the fight. He held her up in the front door and she said 'no comment' to the reporters gathered outside.  

The next day, Ford returned to his house to take a shower and change clothes and that's when Renata called police. 

Ford was arrested and charged with assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her. 

At the time, a neighbor described Mrs Ford to the Globe and Mail as 'reclusive and rarely seen out of the house'

The charges were eventually dropped due to 'credibility issues' on Renata's part.


The couple seemed to patch things up after the incident. 

'Everything's going great...whatever it takes,' Ford said when he finally returned to his home. 'I support my wife. My wife supports me.' 

Renata rarely gives interviews. A June 2013 Toronto Sun article about the first-lady of Toronto references the last time she spoke to the press - October 25, 2010 when Ford was elected mayor. 

Renata was helping her husband out at the time, returning calls when one reporter got a rare opportunity to chat with the first lady of Toronto. When asked about their children, Renata says they try to shelter Stephanie and Doug from politics. 

'We have decided to wait until they are older to explain about politics,' she said. 



this guy :rofl:

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He's hilarious.


His family are also tied to a fair amount of criminal activity. At least Toronto is a pretty live and wealthy city, and his antics aren't widely affecting the running of it.

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