Jul 02, 2014
By Michael Kramer
Toronto’s controversial mayor has given his first one-on-one interviews today since returning from his two month stay in rehab.
In his office at City Hall he said, “I was born with this disease and I will die with this disease.”
Ford told interviewers with CBC and CP 24 that reports of him uttering homophobic, racist and sexist language were a result of his drug use – and did not reflect who he truly is.
“You say things that just aren’t you,” said Ford, adding “I take full responsibility for what I’ve said and what I’ve done. All I can do is apologize and deal with this disease. It’s an everyday battle.”
Ford said he had not used heroin, as indicated in some police documents, but said there wasn’t much else he hadn’t tried.
The mayor entered a treatment program after a published report about a second video showing the mayor smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.
He didn’t answer specific questions about an ongoing police investigation of his activities and whether or not he will honour a request to speak with police.
Ford referred such questions to his lawyer, Dennis Morris.