Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who pledged last year to go clean
after a crack-smoking scandal, has admitted he had been
drinking again after a video surfaced of him ranting about
police surveillance in a mock Jamaican accent in a suburban
Asked by reporters outside his office at city hall if he had
been drinking, Ford said, "Yes I was ... Little bit, yeah."
In the video, shot from a low angle and posted on YouTube,
Ford stands by the counter of a fast-food restaurant and
rants about surveillance that police carried out last year
during a drug investigation.
"Chase me around five months, man," he said, before using a
Jamaican profanity. In much of the approximately 1
minute-long video, Ford speaks in a Jamaican accent. "He's
hiding here, I'm hiding here. You know how much money that
Asked about the video, shot at the Steak Queen restaurant in
the western suburb of Etobicoke, Ford admitted it was filmed
after he was out socializing on Monday night (local time).
"I was with some friends. If I speak that way it's how I
speak with some of my friends. I don't think it's
discriminative at all ... It's my own time," he said.
In November, Ford said he had smoked crack while in a
"drunken stupor" and had driven after drinking. Those
admissions came after police revealed they had a video of the
mayor smoking what appeared to be crack. The video had been
uncovered in the course of a drug probe.
Ford, who has registered to run in this year's municipal
election, has maintained he is not addicted to drugs or
alcohol, and said in late November he had stopped drinking
An attempt to reach Ford's spokesman was unsuccessful.
The crack scandal, as well as other embarrassments including
a separate expletive-laden video where an admittedly
intoxicated Ford makes threats against unspecified people,
made Ford the target of late-night TV lampooning. Toronto's
city council has reduced his powers and handed much of his
responsibility to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly.
Earlier on Tuesday, Doug Ford, the mayor's brother and a city
councillor, told reporters the video could not have been shot
on Monday and said the mayor had given up drinking "100