The Toronto Star has obtained a copy of a video in which a ranting Toronto Mayor Rob Ford yells, punches and threatens to kill someone in an apparent rage.
In the video, Ford paces around a room where he makes death threats towards an unidentified individual, using the words “kill” and “murder.”
“I’m gonna kill that fucking guy. I’m telling you, it’s first-degree murder,” Ford says in the video. He mimes punching motions.
Ford appears to be in a living room in the video. There are pink drapes. An open laptop computer sits on a table, next to a vase of pink lilies. An unidentified individual speaks to Ford from off camera, saying “Mike Tyson” and “these kids are pros, buddy.”
Ford is incoherent at times, referring to “80-year-old birds.”
The Star says that it purchased the video.
Ford spoke to reporters at City Hall just moments after the video was posted at thestar.com.
“Again, I’ve made mistakes. All I can do is assure the people…,” Ford said, trailing off. “I don’t know what to say. I just wanted to come out and tell you that I saw a video. It’s extremely embarrassing. The whole world’s going to see that. I don’t have a problem with that. It’s extremely embarrassing. I don’t know what to say… When you’re in that state…
“Obviously I extremely, extremely inebriated.”
According to a report from Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington, an unidentified person also tried to sell the video to his newspaper.
This video is entirely separate from a video that journalists from the Toronto Star and Gawker have reported seeing, in which the mayor appears to smoke crack cocaine. On Oct. 31, Toronto police chief Bill Blair confirmed the video of the mayor smoking something from a pipe did, indeed, exist and that police had retrieved a copy of it.
On Tuesday, Ford admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine, probably while he was in a “drunken stupor” about one year ago. He refuses to step down or take a leave, even as most members of city council urge him to do so.