Since May, the city of Toronto has been gripped by a huge question: Did Mayor Rob Ford smoke crack cocaine? On Tuesday, Ford answered that question: Yes.
After prompting reporters to ask him whether he has tried the drug—not in the video that reportedly shows him smoking a crack pipe, but at all—Ford offered this statement:
“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, approximately about a year ago.”
Ford said all he can do now is apologize for his mistakes.
“I can’t change the past,” he said.
Here’s the video of the entire, impromptu news conference:
Ford said he wants everyone in the city to watch the video of him purportedly smoking crack, which is now in the hands of the Toronto police.
Last week, Ford adamantly refused to resign after Police Chief Bill Blair announced he had the video and planned to use it in court as evidence against Alexander (Sandro) Lisi, who is reportedly a friend of Ford’s. Lisi is on trial for extortion.
In remarks this afternoon, Ford not only refused to step down from his job as mayor, he committed to run for re-election next year.
“Voters have a choice. On Oct. 27 of 2014, I want the people of this great city to decide whether they want Rob Ford to be their mayor,” he said, according to ABC News.