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'Yes I have smoked crack cocaine. Probably in one of my drunken stupors,' Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told reporters.
In what may go down as the most memorable line in Canadian political history, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted Tuesday to smoking crack cocaine.
"Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," he told reporters outside his office.
After months of stonewalling, Ford seemed resigned to telling the truth when he asked reporters to repeat a question they asked him after initial reports of his substance abuse were released in May.
Ford confirmed that he will not resign, but did say he would not use crack cocaine again.
“Do you smoke crack cocaine?” a reporter asked earlier Tuesday.
“Exactly. Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford replied. “But, no, do I? Am I an addict? No.”
“Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago,” Ford admitted.
“I’ve made mistakes… all I can do is apologize and move on,” he said.
"I want everyone in the city to see this tape," Ford said, referring to a video that allegedly showed him smoking crack.
Last week, Toronto police said they had found the tape during investigations into criminal gangs, though they did not confirm its contents.
Reports in The Toronto Star and Gawker claim the video also shows Ford insulting other Canadian politicians.
Ford called on the police to release the video so that the public could view it and judge for themselves.
"I think I know what's on the video and I know it's not pretty," he told the Toronto Sun after his admission.
"Did I smoke something? Probably. It's ugly."
In a press conference after his initial admission, Ford said that he was sorry for embarrassing the city.
"I embarrassed everyone in the city and I’m very sorry," he said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ford's brother, city councillor Doug Ford, called on Toronto police chief Bill Blair to step down over alleged bias during a press conferece announcing the investigation into the mayor.