November 6, 2013
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted to smoking crack cocaine, saying he had done so in a “drunken stupor”.
Mr Ford made the confession to reporters at city hall on Tuesday, saying 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 the drug was in police possession.
He had consistently denied doing so and vowed 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.”