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Toronto mayor, caught ranting on video, admits drinking a 'little bit'

Published on Jan 22, 2014 7:42 AM
 
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attends a news conference at a city public works yard to discuss the city's winter snow plowing agenda in this Dec 6, 2013, file photo. Mr Ford, who pledged last year to go clean after a crack-smoking scandal, admitted on Jan 21, 2014, that he had been drinking again after a video surfaced of him ranting about police surveillance in a mock Jamaican accent in a suburban eatery. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TORONTO (REUTERS) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who pledged last year to go clean after a crack-smoking scandal, admitted on Tuesday he had been drinking again after a video surfaced of him ranting about police surveillance in a mock Jamaican accent in a suburban eatery.

Asked by reporters outside his office at city hall if he had been drinking, Mr Ford said, "Yes I was ... Little bit, yeah."

In the video, shot from a low angle and posted on YouTube on Tuesday, Mr Ford stands by the counter of a fast-food restaurant and rants about surveillance that police carried out last year during a drug investigation.

"Chase me around five months, man," he said, before using a Jamaican profanity. In much of the approximately 1 minute-long video, Mr Ford speaks in a Jamaican accent. "He's hiding here, I'm hiding here. You know how much money that costs?"

 
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