A new video surfaced yesterday showing Toronto mayor Rob Ford in a rage, using threatening words including “kill” and “murder” as the saga that has gripped Canadians for months took yet another twist.
The mayor told reporters moments after the video was posted that he was “extremely, extremely inebriated” in it and embarrassed by it. The context of the video, which appeared yesterday on the Toronto Star’s website, is unknown and it’s unclear who the target of Ford’s wrath is.
At one point in the video, Ford says he’ll “make sure” the unknown person is dead.
The new video appeared a week after police said they had obtained another video that shows Ford smoking a crack pipe. Ford admitted Tuesday to smoking crack in a “drunken stupor”.
Ford said yesterday he made mistakes and “all I can do is reassure the people. I don’t know what to say.”
“When you are in that state . . . I hope none of you have ever or will ever be in that state,” Ford said. “It’s extremely embarrassing. The whole world is going to see it.”
In the new video, a visibly agitated Ford tells another person in the room, possibly the man filming the video, that he wants to “kill” someone in an expletive-laced rant. “Cause I’m going to kill that (expletive) guy. No hold barred brother. He dies or I die.”
Ford lawyer Dennis Morris told The Associated Press the context of the video “is skeletal.”
“What we have to do is find out when it was taken,” he said. “Was it taken eight, 10 months ago or a short time ago? I’m going to try to find that out too. Maybe the Toronto Star knows better.”
Earlier yesterday, Morris said he was in talks with the police for Ford to view the video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack, as city councilors stepped up their efforts to force him from office.
Police are seeking to question Ford, whose attorney, Dennis Morris, declined further comment because he “didn’t want to jeopardise anything”.
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