On Tuesday morning, Ford told a group of reporters outside his mayor’s office that he has smoked crack cocaine. He said that there were times when he was in a drunken stupor, and that is why he wants to see the video tape which surfaced last May. He said he doesn’t even recall there being a tape or video, and he wants to see the state he was in at that time. Ford asserts that he wants everyone in the city of Toronto to see the tape.
Previously, Ford refused to answer the question about having used crack cocaine directly. He would only say that he was not a drug addict or an alcohol addict. However, over the weekend during an interview, he admitted to having done a lot of "stupid things."
The video came up a week ago when it was recovered from a computer’s hard drive during an investigation of Alexander Lisi, a Ford associate, who is suspected of giving the mayor drugs. Yet, the police say they do not have any grounds to charge Ford with any crime.
Ford has refused to talk about the video, saying that he hasn’t seen it. He has asked police if he could see it, but it is being held as evidence in the Lisi court case and cannot be shared at this time. Police have said that the video will be released when Lisi goes to trial. The trial date was not reported.
While members of Toronto's city council and many Toronto residents have called for Ford’s resignation, he continually refuses to do so.