Dec 10, 2013
Toronto Mayor Reportedly Knew Location of Video Said to Show Him Smoking Crack Cocaine
Posted on May 30, 2013
Before he denied the existence of a cellphone video of him allegedly smoking crack cocaine, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told his senior aides at a meeting in City Hall nearly two weeks ago that he knew such a video had been shot, the Toronto Star reported Thursday. The mayor also reportedly told the staffers not to worry about the video, as he knew the exact location of the tape.
The “unusual” meeting reportedly happened May 17, a day after the Star and Gawker broke the story that a video supposedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine was for sale.
Ford has since called reports of the video “false” and insisted he does not smoke crack cocaine. “As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist,” he said after the reports surfaced.
However, according to the Star, two of its reporters, along with an editor from Gawker, have seen the video that Ford claims does not exist.
“The Star journalists described a video showing a rambling and incoherent Ford smoking what appears to be a crack pipe and making homophobic and racially charged statements,” the news organization reported. “The Star reporters were shown the video by a man who said it was shot on an iPhone.”
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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