'I had a couple beers' but videos blown out of proportion: Ford says

TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he had a couple of beers Friday night but contends videos that have sparked a torrent of criticism are being blown out of proportion.

Three videos posted online on Friday show the mayor apparently enjoying a night on the town at a street festival and bantering with residents.

Many people took to Twitter in response to the video posting to criticize and ridicule the mayor, accusing him of being drunk and scolding his behaviour.

On his radio show on Newstalk 1010 Ford said he had a good time and let his hair down but adds he doesn’t think he did anything to offend anyone.

Ford’s behaviour has attracted international attention since news reports surfaced this year of an alleged video that appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine.

Reporters for two media outlets say they were shown the video, but it has never surfaced publicly.

Ford has denied he uses cocaine and has said he can’t comment on a video that does not exist.

It was the latest in a series of erratic behaviour that has landed Ford in public controversy.