Rob Ford Crack Video Finally Surfaces
Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford became infamous after news broke that there was a video of him smoking crack cocaine
Ford, who died this past March after a cancer battle, admitted to smoking crack cocaine in 2013. Although former Toronto police chief Bill Blair previously confirmed the video’s existence, it was never available to the public until now.
The video was entered as court evidence against Alexander Lisi, Ford’s friend and former driver, who was facing an extortion charge over attempts to retrieve the cell phone that allegedly contained the video, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
When the charges against Lisi were dropped this week, the video was released by a Canadian court, the CBC said.
In the video – shot in February 2013, according to the CBC – Ford appeared to be lighting and smoking from a crack pipe while spewing a string of profanities.
Notably, he mumbled and swore while companion and convicted drug dealer Elena Basso bashed current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying, “Trudeau right there, I’d like, I’d like to get that f—— Justin Trudeau and shove my foot as far up his ass…”
Ford can be heard responding to Basso’s rant by calling Trudeau a “fat d–k.”
In November 2013, Ford said he tried the drug during a “drunken stupor,” and apologized. He was subsequently stripped of his powers by the Toronto City Council as the story blew up outside of Canada’s borders.
But Ford remained in office and his troubles continued into the next year: In February 2014 it was reported that he disappeared into a bathroom stall at a bar for over an hour and emerged “speaking gibberish;” and two months later he was reportedly “belligerent” at a Maple Leafs game.
On April 30 of that year, Ford took a leave of absence to enter rehab, returning to office on June 30, 2014. His mayoral term ended on Nov. 30, shortly after he was hospitalized for a tumor, which ultimately ended his reelection bid.
Ford was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of cancer called pleomorphic liposarcoma. Despite undergoing radiation, surgery and chemotherapy, Ford lost his battle at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on March 18.