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The mayor's full statement
Published Friday, May 24, 2013 6:26PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 24, 2013 6:31PM EDT
Here is the full script of Mayor Rob Ford's statement:
Good afternoon everyone. I’d like to take the opportunity to address a number of issues that have circulated in the media in the past few days.
There has been a serious accusation made by the Toronto star that I use crack cocaine. I do not use crack cocaine. I am not an addict of crack cocaine.
As for a video, I can not comment on a video that I've never seen or does not exist.
It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate, that my colleagues and the great people in 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, my friends and the great people of Toronto.
For the past week, on the advice of my solicitor, I was advised not to say a word.
I want to thank the people of this great city for their outpouring of support.
The past few days have also ended a long relationship with Don Bosco. I would like to thank and congratulate all the young men I’ve had the opportunity to coach and improve their lives over the last 10 years at Don Bosco. I will continue to support Don Bosco in spirit and wish them great success for their upcoming season.
These kids are phenomenal kids who have bright futures and can do anything if they put their mind to it.
I would like to assure everyone we are continuing to fight for the taxpayers everyday and it’s business as usual at city hall. This administration is turning the corner and I will continue to do what the great people of this city elected me to do. And that is to keep taxes low and to improve customer service and to reduce the size and cost of government and continue to invest in our infrastructure.
I would also like to thank my former chief of staff Mark Towhey for his service and all the work he did.
Again, I'd like to repeat, I can't thank the people of Toronto enough for the support and for being there, calling and emailing me every single minute of the day. I would also like to thank you for being here today but most importantly folks, we have, I have, the city has, the best deputy mayor in Doug Holyday that anyone could ever ask for. I want to thank him for being here and I want to thank my best friend, and I love him dearly, my brother Doug, for having to go through this nonsense. Thank you very much.