New video places fresh pressure on Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to resign
A drunken Rob Ford is shown swearing and threatening to kill an unknown person
Associated Press in Toronto
A new video has surfaced showing Toronto's crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford threatening to "murder" someone, "rip his f****** throat out" and "poke his eyes out", deepening concerns among both critics and allies that he is no longer fit to lead Canada's largest city.
Moments after video of the incoherent rant was posted online on Thursday, the mayor told reporters that he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in it and "embarrassed" by it. The context of the video is unknown and the target of Ford's wrath is unclear.
The controversy surrounding Ford escalated last week when police announced they had obtained a different, long-sought video that shows Ford smoking a crack pipe. After months of evading the question, Ford admitted on Tuesday to smoking crack in a "drunken stupor" about a year ago.
Despite immense pressure, the mayor has refused to resign or take a leave of absence. City councillors moved ahead on Thursday in efforts to force Ford out of office, although there is no clear legal path for doing so.
The 44-year-old Ford, who is married with two school-age children, said on Thursday he made mistakes and "all I can do is reassure the people. I don't know what to say."
"It's extremely embarrassing. The whole world is going to see it," he said.
In the blurry new video, Ford paces around, frantically waves his arms and rolls up his sleeves as he says he'll "make sure" the unknown person is dead.
Ford tells another person in the room that he wants to "kill" someone. "Cause I'm going to kill that mother******* guy," Ford says. "No holds barred, brother. He dies or I die."
The Toronto Star said that it bought the video for US$5,000 from "a source who filmed it from someone else's computer." The newspaper said it was told "the person with the computer was there in the room".
In a television interview, Ford's mother, Diane, said he did not need to enter rehab, adding that he should work on his "weight problem" first. "If he was really, really in dire straits and really needed help, I'd be the first one ... I'd put him in my care and take him there," she said.
The mayor's sister, Kathy, added, "Robbie is not a drug addict. I know, because I'm a former addict."
City Councillor James Pasternak urged Ford to make a "dignified exit."
But Ford lawyer Dennis Morris said the context of the video "is skeletal". "Was it taken eight, 10 months ago or a short time ago?" he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Morris said he was in talks with the police for Ford to view the video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack.