Watch May 22 video above, as Doug Ford responds to crack cocaine allegations against his brother, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
TORONTO – Councillor Doug Ford, brother of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, dismissed allegations against the mayor and slammed the media while reading a pre-written statement on Wednesday afternoon.
The Toronto Star and Gawker reported on Friday that they’ve viewed a video of what could be the mayor smoking what looks like crack cocaine.
“Rob has told me that these stories are untrue, that these allegations are ridiculous and I believe him,” Doug Ford said. “I will always support my brother as the mayor of this city.”
Global News has not seen and cannot verify the authenticity of the alleged video.
On Friday, the mayor called the allegations “ridiculous.”
The mayor’s brother dismissed the allegations and slammed the Toronto Star for what he called, “questionable reporting.”
Ford also slammed Gawker – the website which originally reported the allegations – for trying to raise money to pay for the alleged video.
“What you are doing is disgusting and morally wrong,” Ford said, suggesting the fundraiser is a form of extortion.
VIDEO: Mark McAllister reports on the Rob Ford allegations.
The Etobicoke councillor condemned the actions of the media – specifically the Star- for what he called the zealous “stalking” of his family.
“They have shown that they have no regard for what they are doing to our family,” Ford said, adding that he “never expected the abuse” that his family is allegedly taking.
He also suggested the ongoing criticism of his brother is unprecedented.
Ford spent much of the press conference touting his brother’s economic record as mayor of Toronto and repeatedly ignored questions which were shouted from the press gallery throughout his speech.
Addressing the media, he said: “If the mayor wants to make a statement, his press secretary will notify the media. There’s no reason for you to be staking out his house and following him around town.”
“Folks, please remember that we will continue fighting for the taxpayers,” he said to finish his speech before leaving. He did not take any questions.
Doug Ford said he was speaking out because media had asked for his comment, and opened his statement with the following:
“I’m not speaking for the mayor, the mayor is my brother. I love him and he’ll speak for himself.
He has already addressed these allegations three times on Friday. I don’t know how much more he can say.
My brother is an honest and hardworking man with integrity. A man who has dedicated his life to serving others.
He is the people’s mayor. Never has the mayor been so accessible or cared so much for the issues facing residents.
His attention to needs of his constituents is what has made Rob Ford mayor of Toronto.
Now our mayor faces yet another accusation, an accusation driven by questionable reporting from a news outlet that has proven they would do anything to stop the mayor’s agenda.
Rob is telling me these stories are untrue, that these accusations are ridiculous, and I believe him.
I will always support my brother as the mayor of this city.”