Watch the video above: Mayor never promised to stop drinking says Doug Ford. Jackson Proskow reports.
TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has said repeatedly his drinking problems and drug use are in the past, was recorded Saturday night allegedly drunk outside of city hall.
Wearing green beads, Ford is seen in the video shot by a Mississauga teen slurring his words and swearing loudly before getting into a taxi.
WATCH: Video of Rob Ford allegedly intoxicated outside City Hall on Saturday night. Credit: CTV News
The video, which was obtained and broadcast by CTV Toronto, was supposedly filmed by an unidentified mother and her 13-year-old son when they stopped to get a photo with the mayor.
Global News has not been able to confirm the video’s authenticity.
Ford brushed off questions about the incident when asked Sunday during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, where he and his brother Doug handed out beads.
WATCH: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford participates in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade by handing out green beads to onlookers
At one point during the parade Ford was greeted with a loud chorus of boos.
Prior to a St. Patrick’s Day brunch, Doug Ford told reporters that the mayor “did the right thing” by taking a cab home from city hall. And besides, Ford said, Rob never “promise[d] anyone he was going to stop (drinking) 100 per cent.”
Doug Ford says the mayor "didn't promise anyone he was doing to stop (drinking) 100%"—
Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) March 17, 2014
But that’s not true.
In an interview with Peter Mansbridge on Nov. 18, the mayor said he had a “come to Jesus moment” after he decided to quit drinking.
The next day, during an interview with Stephen LeDrew, the mayor swore off booze, telling LeDrew he had “100 per cent” sworn off the drink and “guaranteed” it.
“You’ve quit drinking for good?” LeDrew said.
“Guaranteed. 100 per cent,” Ford said.
And on Jan. 13, he got angry with reporters if he was drinking after a photo of him at Muzik nightclub surfaced online.
“Were you drinking this weekend? Well then? No, I wasn’t drinking. I don’t drink,” he said.
Users on social media site Twitter weren’t surprised by the news of the latest video.
Dear Rob Ford: You're a fan of St. Patrick's Day. What a shocker.—
Lisa WhittingtonHill (@nerdygirly) March 16, 2014
St. Patrick's Day is just an excuse for people who aren't even remotely Irish to pretend they're Rob Ford.—
Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) March 16, 2014
In 2012, the mayor reportedly showed up at city hall on St. Patrick’s Day intoxicated and “sweating profusely,” according to an email by security staff released last November. Police interviews with Ford’s former staffers (whose contents haven’t been proven in court) suggest he also sexually harassed a now-former staffer.
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