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