Video emerges of 'extremely inebriated' Toronto mayor

Thu Nov 7, 2013 6:02pm EST
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(Note: Strong language in the fifth paragraph)

By Allison Martell

TORONTO (Reuters) - Just days after Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized for smoking crack cocaine, he admitted on Thursday he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in a short expletive-laden video posted online.

The news hit as a campaign by some city councilors to ask the Ontario provincial government to remove Ford from office gathered steam. Toronto city council does not have the power to remove Ford itself.

The blurry, 80-second clip, posted on the Toronto Star newspaper's website and shown on Canadian television, shows a clearly agitated Ford ranting, making threats and pounding his hands together, while at least one other person seems to be goading him on.

The Star said it had paid for the video, and said the context of the clip was not clear.

"He dies or I die," Ford says in the clip, which also refers to something happening "in that ring". He adds: "I need fucking 10 minutes to make sure he's dead. It'll be over in five minutes."

On Tuesday, Ford made international headlines when he admitted he had smoked crack cocaine, "probably in one of my drunken stupors". He apologized and promised it would never happen again.

Minutes after the video was posted on Thursday, Ford emerged from his City Hall office to apologize again.   Continued...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford reacts to a video released of him by local media at City Hall in Toronto, November 7, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch