The mayor of Canada’s largest city has found himself in a crack-smoking scandal that has garnered International attention, so RadarOnline.com is taking a look into some of the most unbelievable and outrageous things Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford has ever said.
Of course it started in May 2013 when the Toronto Star reported that they had viewed a cellphone video that allegedly showed Ford smoking crack cocaine. On Oct. 31, 2013, the Toronto Police announced they were in possession of the video and the mayor’s associate, Sandro Lisi, was charged with extortion for attempting to retrieve the video in exchange for marijuana.
Ford denied the existence of the video, and ever using crack cocaine, until Nov. 5, 2013 when he finally admitted to using the illicit drug saying, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”
None of the allegations against Ford has been proven, and he faces no criminal charges.
On Nov. 7 the Canadian news outlet released video footage of Ford staggering around, seemingly intoxicated, making violent threats about an unknown person.
“I’m going to kill that (expletive) guy. I’m telling you it’s first-degree murder. … He dies or I die, brother,” he says.
“When he’s down, I’ll rip his (expletive) throat out” and “I’ll poke his eyes out” and “I’ll make sure that (expletive) is dead.”
Shortly after the video was released, Ford admitted he was drunk.
“All I can do is reassure the people that I don’t know what to say,” Ford told reporters. “It’s extremely embarrassing. The whole world is going to see it. I don’t have a problem with that… Obviously I was extremely, extremely inebriated. That’s all I have to say.”
And on Thursday morning while surrounded by press, Ford made an unbelievable statement using language that most would find offensive.
“Oh and the last thing was, Olivia Gondek, it says that I wanted to eat her p***y. I’ve never said that in my life to her, I would never do that,” he says.
“I’m happily married. I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”
As if those quotes aren’t outrageous enough, check out 10 other things Mayor Ford has said in the past.
- Nov. 3: “That was pure stupidity. I shouldn’t have got hammered down at the Danforth. If you’re going to have a couple drinks you stay home, and that’s it. You don’t make a public spectacle of yourself,” Mayor Ford said, admitting he got drunk at the Taste of the Danforth street festival in August 2013.
- June 29, 2006: “If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn’t get AIDS probably, that’s bottom line… those are the facts,” he said while explaining why taxpayers shouldn’t be concerned with AIDS.
- March 5, 2008: “Those Oriental people work like dogs. They work their hearts out. They are workers non-stop. They sleep beside their machines. That’s why they’re successful in life,” he said when he was a city councillor. “I went to Seoul, South Korea, I went to Taipei, Taiwan. I went to Tokyo, Japan. That’s why these people are so hard workers [sic]. I’m telling you, the Oriental people, they’re slowly taking over.”
- June 14, 2005: “I don’t understand. Number one, I don’t understand a transgender. I don’t understand. Is it a guy dressed up like a girl, or a girl dressed up like a guy? And we’re funding this for – I don’t know, what does it say here – we’re giving them $3,210?” Ford said of city funding for LGBTQ programs.
- 2006: “Who the f**k do you think you are? Are you a f**king teacher?” Ford asked an out-of-town couple who asked him to stop yelling at a Maple Leafs game that he was subsequently kicked out of. When the man didn’t answer, Ford said, “Do you want your little wife to go over to Iran and get raped and shot?” The couple didn’t know he was a city councillor, until he left his business card behind.
- March 7, 2007: “What I compare bike lanes to is swimming with the sharks. Sooner or later, you’re going to get bitten. And every year we have dozens of people that get hit by cars or trucks. Well, no wonder,” Ford said, expressing his distaste for cyclists. “Roads are built for buses, cars and trucks. Not for people on bikes. And my heart bleeds for them when I hear someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”
- Nov. 13, 2013: “The reason I drank or did drugs was not because of stress, it was out of sheer stupidity,” he said during a city council meeting. “That’s all it was.”
- 2010: “I’ll try, buddy. I’ll try. I don’t know this sh*t [Oxycontin], but I’ll f**king try to find it,” Ford was caught saying in a taped phone conversation. “Why don’t you go on the street and score it? F**k, you know, I don’t know any drug dealers at all.”
- May 24, 2013: “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine. As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist,” Ford said in a statement at City Hall before admitting, just months later, that he did in fact smoke crack.
- Oct. 25, 2010: “We’re going to put an end to the gravy train,” he said during his victory speech.
As we’d say in the industry, this guy is soundbite gold.