Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who pledged last year to go clean after a crack-smoking scandal, admitted on Tuesday 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."
He admitted it was filmed after he was out socializing on Monday night.
"I was with some friends. If I speak that way it's how I speak with some of my friends. I don't think it's discriminative at all. It's my own time," he said.
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In the footage, 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?"
Watch the complete clip in the video link below.
In November, Ford said he had smoked crack while in a "drunken stupor" and had driven after drinking. Those admissions came after police revealed they had a video of the mayor smoking what appeared to be crack. The video had been uncovered in the course of a drug probe.
Although he is one of the most controversial mayors in the world, Ford’s approval ratings were never affected by his antics.
Toronto mayor Rob Ford received a 42 per cent approval rating last year– higher than Barack Obama or David Cameron – despite the fact he had just admitted to smoking crack cocaine and the city council had stripped him temporarily of his power.
Ford, who has registered to run in this year's municipal election, has maintained he is not addicted to drugs or alcohol, and said in late November he had stopped drinking completely.