Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted today to media questioning that he has smoked crack cocaine, adding, "[It was] probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably about a year ago." He later told reporters he would continue serving as Toronto's mayor.
Right after dropping this bombshell admission, he added: “I don’t even remember...I am not an addict."
In a news conference later on Tuesday, Ford apologized to Torontonians and said he would continue doing the job he was elected to do in 2010.
He added, "We live in a democracy and on Oct. 27 of 2014 I want the people of this great city to decide whether they want Rob Ford to be their mayor."
Earlier this weekend, the mayor rejected calls for his resignation after the revelation that a video apparently showing him smoking the drug was in police possession.
Until Tuesday morning he had refused to answer the question about his alleged drug use, saying he can’t comment on a video he has not seen, Global News reports.
“I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine,” he said in a statement in May – the closest he has come to addressing the issue. Note he didn't use the past tense, but the present tense.
Today at City Hall, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong moves motion urging mayor to take a leave of absence.
Councillor Paula Fletcher also said, "He's got to step aside, take a break, get some help."
On Sunday, Ford asked Police Chief Bill Blair to release the video the chief said he owns. Let Torontonians decide for themselves what they see, Ford said.
Earlier today, Councillor Doug Ford, Mayor Rob Ford’s brother and closest adviser, has called for Toronto police Chief Bill Blair to take a leave of absence following Blair’s comments Thursday about a video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.