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November 3, 2013

Toronto mayor apologizes, won't step down

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Ford also said he got "a little out of control" after St. Patrick's Day in 2012. A city spokeswoman released last week an incident report from city hall security guards who said they witnessed a "very intoxicated' Ford having trouble walking and swearing at aides that day.

The incident report said that at 2:30 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, Ford "visited the security desk alone with a half empty bottle of St. Remy French Brandy." The report states the mayor said his car had been stolen and that he wanted to call police. Security told Ford his car was at home and took the bottle from him before finding him a taxi.

Ford said you can't be "running around with a half bottle of brandy" at City Hall at 2 a.m.

On his radio show, Ford said he would agree to have a full-time city driver, a proposal he had rejected before as a waste of taxpayers' money.

Ford met Saturday with Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, who had said he wanted to express the concerns of city council members after news of the video emerged. Police on Thursday announced that the video had been recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of the mayor suspected of providing him with drugs.

Allegations that Ford had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May. Two reporters with the Toronto Star and one from the U.S. website Gawker said they saw the video but did not obtain a copy. Police Chief Bill Blair told a news conference Thursday that he was "disappointed" in Ford but said the video did not provide grounds to press charges against him.

Kelly, a Ford ally, told The Associated Press that he supports the mayor's plan of action and will encourage fellow councilors to do the same.

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