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NYC first daughter confesses to drug, alcohol abuse

Published on Dec 25, 2013 9:26 AM
Democratic mayor-elect of New York, Bill de Blasio, hugs his daughter Chiara and son Dante during his election victory party at the Park Slope Armory in New York, Nov 5, 2013. Chiara De Blasio released a video Dec 24, 2013 in which she discusses her battle with depression and substance abuse while directing viewers to a website where they can get help. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - The teenage daughter of New York's incoming mayor confessed on Christmas Eve to smoking pot and underage drinking in a video aimed at helping others battling depression.

Nineteen-year-old Chiara de Blasio features alone in the nearly five-minute video, announcing that she suffers from clinical depression, had smoked weed and drank alcohol.

The professionally produced, slick video was posted on YouTube and emailed to reporters by her father, Mr Bill de Blasio, who takes office as New York mayor on January 1, and mother Chirlane.

It was the latest in a string of tightly-controlled media appearances for Chiara, who with her 16-year-old brother Dante featured prominently in their father's recent election campaign.

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