Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took to YouTube to say he didn’t tell the truth about his drug use at first because he was embarrassed.
But while he admits he did in fact lie, Ford says he’s not a drug addict and does not have a substance abuse problem.
The scandal-soaked Toronto mayor was joined by his brother Councillor Doug Ford in hosting the Ford Nation series that debuted online yesterday.
He addressed the drug issue in answer to a question sent in by a person in Bangkok who asked why he lied about his “substance abuse problem” when he was asked about the issue after the crack video scandal broke last May.
Ford later admitted in November that he had tried crack cocaine in the past, likely in a “drunken stupor”.
In the YouTube video, the mayor says he has experimented with drugs in the past, adding he did not admit that at first because it’s “humiliating”. He adds that “everybody in the world has lied”.
The new show comes months after a weekly radio talk show hosted by the Ford brothers was ended on Toronto radio station NewsTalk 1010 and a Sun News Network series, also called Ford Nation, was cancelled after its debut due to its costs.
“I do not have a substance abuse problem. Did I experiment with drugs? Yes, I have,” Ford said in the video called Rob Ford comes clean.
In the video, Ford answers a question read out by his brother Doug, that they claim comes from “Sandra in Bangkok, Thailand.”
The question was: “Why did you lie about your substance abuse problem when you initially were asked?”
“I know this has been a huge controversy,” Ford said before arguing he doesn’t have a substance abuse problem.
“Why did I lie? I think everybody in the world has lied, because I was embarrassed.
” I didn’t want to tell the truth. That’s the only answer I can give. That’s as straightforward as I can be. I’m not a drug addict. I don’t use drugs. Have I in the past? Yes.”
Ford said “it is very, very humiliating in front of the world” to admit to drug use.
Ford initially dismissed reports back in May that he was caught on video smoking crack cocaine and continued to deny he used the drug for months.
On October 31, Toronto Police chief Bill Blair revealed investigators had recovered the crack video. Days later, Ford admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor”.
Ford has refused to resign or seek help for his drug and alcohol use. Although he swore off alcohol after a “come to Jesus moment” in November, he has since admitted to drinking again.
In the video, Doug Ford applauded his brother’s admission.
“I think you came clean Rob and if we dug into every single politician’s background around the world folks, I think you’d get a real eye-opener,” he said.
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