Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has come clean about his past drug use, after months of allegations.
In May, Rob Ford was accused of using crack cocaine and media outlets claimed that they had it on camera. Six months later, on Nov. 5, the Toronto mayor admitted that he actually has used the drug in the past — and said he was probably drunk at the time.
Toronto Mayor Admits Smoking Crack
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford, 44, said to reporters who gathered at Toronto City Hall, CBC News in Toronto reported. “But, no — do I? Am I an addict, no? Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”
His admission comes on the heels of yet another accusation; on Oct. 31, Toronto’s police chief announced that a video had been recovered of Rob smoking a crack pipe.
After his admission, reporters asked if he had been lying all this time when he was questioned.
“I wasn’t lying. You didn’t ask the correct questions,” he said. “No I’m not an addict and no, I do not do drugs. I made mistakes in the past and all I can do is apologize, but it is what it is and I can’t change the past. Yes, I’ve made mistakes, all I can do now is apologize and move on. I can apologize to my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people of this great city.”
Mayor Ford’s Colleagues Shocked By Admission
While many were relieved that he came clean about his past, not everyone was so sure.
John Filion, Toronto city council member, was shocked by the statements the mayor said.
“Wow. I need a minute to absorb this,” John told CNN. “I think the mayor needs to step aside and take stock of his life as this situation becomes more absurd.”
Politician Jaye Robinson also commented saying he lost all 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. “And now he’s coming forward and he’s admitting that there is clearly a problem here.”
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— Emily Longeretta