Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is under fire for crack allegations and reports that the police have a video showing him smoking crack. On the whirlwind radio show, the mayor apologized for getting drunk in public and said it wouldn’t happen again.
Ford said on his weekly radio show, “I shouldn’t have got hammered down at the Danforth festival. If you are going to have a couple of drinks, you stay home. You don’t make a public spectacle of yourself.”
Ford didn’t address the crack allegations against him recently from the video the police showing him inhaling from a crack pipe. Ford said he couldn’t comment on the video and he wouldn’t step down from office. Ford was elected in 2010 and said he will serve the rest of his four year term.
Ford said, “I’ll be running the ship even if it’s by myself.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said at a news conference last week, “police had recovered a deleted video file that matched up with reports that Ford had been recorded inhaling from a pipe. That file contains video images which appear to be those images which were previously reported in the press with respect to events that took place.”
The video was discovered after police arrested Ford’s friend, Alexander Lisi, for drug trafficking. Lisi was charged by the police for extortion to obtain the video. The video was first reported in May by a website Gawker and the Toronto Star newspaper. The Toronto Star newspaper said they saw clips of Ford smoking from the pipe and the Gawker tried to buy the video at the time.
Toronto Police spokesman said, “the mayor called on Toronto Police to release the video to the public, however, the police did not have the authority to release evidence. Ford could apply through the court system for the evidence to be made public.”