Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has been under intense scrutiny (from Jon Stewart among others) after supposed video of him allegedly smoking crack cocaine with Somali drug lords was reported, spoke out in his own defense for the first time today.
“There has been a serious accusation from the Toronto Star that I used crack cocaine,” Ford began, specifically calling out the media source that first reported the story. “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.”
“As for a video,” he continued, “I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist. It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence. This past week has not been an easy one. It has taken a great toll on my family and my friends and the great people of Toronto.”
The Toronto Star described the alleged video in great detail but decided not to pay its purveyors the “six-figure” asking price to publish it online. Meanwhile, Gawker’s crowd-funded “Crackstarter” campaign to buy the video from the Somali drug lords is approaching its $200,000 goal, though it appears the site has lost contact with the people who possess it.
Watch video below, via CNN:
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