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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who pledged last year to go clean after a crack-smoking scandal, admitted on Tuesday (January 21) he had been drinking again after a video surfaced of him ranting about police surveillance in a mock Jamaican accent in a suburban eatery.
Asked by reporters outside his office at city hall if he had been drinking, Ford said, “Yes I was… little bit, yeah.”
In the video, shot from a low angle and posted on YouTube on Tuesday, Ford stands by the counter of a fast-food restaurant and rants about surveillance that police carried out last year during a drug investigation.
“Chase me around five months, man,” he said, before using a Jamaican profanity. In much of the approximately one minute-long video, Ford speaks in a Jamaican accent. “He’s hiding here. I’m hiding here. You know how much money that costs?”
Asked about the video, shot at the Steak Queen restaurant in the western suburb of Etobicoke, Ford ad