Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ranting in a Jamaican accent emerges
Another video of scandal plagued TorontoMayor Rob Ford has appeared online, in which he appears to be inebriated. The mayor slurs and swears at staff, while apparently trying to imitate a Jamaican accent.
The person who uploaded the video to YouTube wrote that it was shot at a fast-food restaurant in Rexdale in the northwest area of Toronto on Monday.
Confronted by reporters, Mr Ford acknowledged the footage was shot late on Monday and admitted he had been drinking.
"A little bit, yeah," he said.
But he flatly rejected a reporter's question asking if he thought the video was offensive.
"No, I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that's up to me," he said.
"If I speak that way, that's how I speak with some of my friends. I don't think it's discriminative at all. I didn't drive. It's my own time."
Mr Ford, who came to power in 2010, was shamed last year after admitting to having used crack cocaine while in a "drunken stupor," purchased illegal drugs while in office and driven after drinking.
The revelations about Ford began in May 2013 when two media outlets said they had seen video of him smoking from what appeared to be a crack pipe.
He initially said he did not smoke crack cocaine, before admitting in November that he had done so. The revelation and his decision to remain in office drew ridicule from late-night TV humourists.
Mr Ford was stripped of most of his mayoral powers in November after the Toronto city council voted to transfer most of his powers and budget to the deputy mayor. Supporters and opponents alike have urged him to enter rehab, but Mr Ford has insisted he is not an addict.
At the beginning of the month he put his name on the ballot to run for another term, defying repeated calls for him to step down.