Ford's stunning admission -word for word
Mayor Rob Ford arrives at Newstalk 1010 for his weekly radio show on Sunday, Nov. 3. (Katie Simpson)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:23PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:24PM EST
TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday that he has smoked crack cocaine.
Here's what he told reporters at city hall:
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But no -- do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago. I answered your question, you ask the question properly, I'll answer it. Yes, I've made mistakes, all I can do now is apologize and move on.
"All I can say is I've made mistakes and you guys kept referring to alcohol, it was a couple (of) isolated incidents. There's been times when I've been in a drunken stupor, that's why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I'd like to see this tape -- I don't even recall there being a tape and a video and I know that and I want to see the state that I was in but that's exactly it. I don't know what else I can say.
"So I wasn't lying, you didn't ask the correct questions. No, I'm not an addict, and no, I do not do drugs. I've 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. And I can apologize to my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people of this great city.
"I told you, probably approximately, probably saying around about a year ago but I don't know exactly, that's why I want to see... I don't even remember, after some of the stuff that you guys have seen, the state I've been in -- it's a problem."