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    Talking Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaces

    Rob Ford, Toronto's conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine. I know this because I watched him do it, on a videotape. He was fucking hiiiiigh. It's for sale if you've got six figures.



    It began like this: We've made fun of Ford before for his lunatic pronouncements and nude pictures. Last week, we got a tip from someone claiming to have a videotape of Ford smoking crack. Would we like to buy it?

    The tipster made the following claims:

    • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smokes crack cocaine.

    • There is a video of Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine, taken within the last six months.

    • Rob Ford purchases his crack cocaine from a crew of Toronto drug dealers that service a veritable who's who of A-list...Torontonians? Torontites? Anyway, a lot of prominent people in Toronto purchase and enjoy crack and powder cocaine, and they all buy it from the same folks. The same folks Ford buys it from. Ford's longtime friend, people on his staff, his brother, a prominent hockey analyst, and more.

    As evidence of his claims, our tipster provided the photo above. It shows Ford hanging out with a number of people. The gentleman standing to his right, flipping the camera the bird, is Anthony Smith. Smith, a 21-year-old college student, was killed two months ago outside a Toronto nightclub in a gangland-style shooting. A photo, from a CBC story on his murder, is at left. Smith was, according to our tipster, a kid from the same neighborhood as the dealers who service Ford, and the photo was taken while Ford was going to the neighborhood to purchase and smoke crack cocaine.


    If you're curious about the photo's veracity, at left is another photo, from the National Post, of Ford wearing the same sweatshirt.

    Needless to say, the story intrigued me. I asked the tipster for a screengrab of the video to verify that he had what he claimed to have. He refused. If I wanted to see the video, I was going to have to go to Toronto. He sounded confident enough. Certain things that he told me checked out. So off I went.

    Toronto is lovely. Our first effort to meet up, at a Toronto bus station at night, fizzled. The tipster was there, but the person who actually had possession of the video was a no-show. The tipster and I retired to a coffee shop to talk Toronto politics and Rob Ford's curious history—his rise as a sort of oddly drunken, brazenly honest conservative voice in a decidedly liberal and polite city. It was a nice night, but I was beginning to worry I'd been had.

    The next morning, I connected again with the tipster. He was going to locate the owner of the video, he told me. Last night, there had been a mix-up. The video was being stored in a safe place, but the person who had access to the safe place had briefly disappeared, and so the owner couldn't get access to the safe place to get the device on which the video was stored. By the morning, however, the tipster and the owner had located the person who had access to the safe place. This was going to happen.

    Checkout time was at noon. My flight was at 7:30 p.m. I loitered around downtown Toronto, checking out the mall, until I got the text: We were to meet up at a chain restaurant near the airport. The tipster picked me up from the restaurant and drove me to a housing development. The owner of the video would meet us there.

    We sit idling in his car, making small talk. The tipster calls the owner and talks in language other than English. "He'll be right down," he says. Fifteen minutes pass. "Waiting for the elevator," he says. Ten minutes pass. A young gentleman opens the rear door of the car and gets in. The two men speak in a language other than English. The young gentleman immediately exits the vehicle. No video.

    The tipster looks at me: "The battery is dead." The young gentleman—the owner of the video—needed to go back upstairs to charge the battery on the device that contained the video. We wait. More small talk.

    The owner of the video returns. He thrusts a device, a phone with a touchscreen, in my face. "Can I hold it?" I ask.

    "No."

    I crane my neck. It plays.

    Here is what the video shows: Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, is the only person visible in the frame. Prior to the trip, I spent a lot of time looking at photographs of Rob Ford. The man in the video is Rob Ford. It is well-lit, clear. Ford is seated, in a room in a house. In one hand is a a clear, glass pipe. The kind with a big globe and two glass cylinders sticking out of it. In the other hand is a lighter. A slurred voice off-camera is ranting about Canadian politics in what sounds like an attempt to goad Ford. "Pierre Trudeau was a faggot!" is the one phrase the lodges in my mind. Ford, pipe in one hand and lighter in the other, is laughing, and mildly protesting at the sacrilege. He seems to keep trying to light the pipe, but keeps stopping to laugh. He is red-faced and sweaty, heaving with each breath. Finally, he finds his moment and lights up. He inhales.

    In one move, the owner stops the video and draws the device back into his pocket.

    "You took this?" I ask.

    "Yes."

    "When?"

    "Within the last six months."

    "You're sure it's crack?"

    "Yes."

    "You've seen him smoke crack before?"

    "Yes. Gotta jet."

    And he is gone.

    So: That was a video of the mayor of Toronto smoking crack. The trouble is, the owner wants money. More money than I am willing to pay. The tipster has already reached out to one other news outlet, a Canadian organization that he refused to name, which offered $40,000. The owner rejected that. He thinks he can get six figures. It's unlikely he's going to get six figures.

    But I am going to try. The tipster wants this video out. Rob Ford needs to be held to account. The owner just wants money—preferably enough to get out of town after this blows up, since he doesn't think it will be safe for him. The tipster and I both fear that the owner will try to sell the video back to Ford. That would be a shame.

    So if Gawker can't come up with enough money to ring this owner's bell, perhaps we can find a partner. This isn't just the mayor of Toronto smoking crack cocaine, after all: This is Toronto Confidential. There are a host of important local officials wrapped up in this drug ring. 60 Minutes? No. Dateline NBC? No. Inside Edition? No. National Enquirer? No. CNN? Maybe!

    Well, no. But when I emailed an acquaintance at CNN this afternoon, laying out much the same information I've offered above and asking for discretion and confidentiality lest we screw up a pretty fucking great story about the mayor of the fifth-largest city in North America smoking crack cocaine on camera, he forwarded the email to his producer. The producer, in turn, asked CNN's Canada reporter about it. The Canada reporter—and this was a pretty fucking big mistake—called a source who used to work in Ford's office. Within 40 minutes, word had gotten back to me that "CNN called Ford's office asking about a crack tape."

    And so here we are. The owner still hasn't found a buyer with pockets deep enough to meet his demands. But word is out around Toronto now that the tape exist, and Ford's circle knows about it courtesy a CNN reporter. So, with permission, I am laying out everything I know about the Rob Ford Crack Tape in the hopes that a) everyone knows that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, smokes crack, and b) this knowledge might hasten the arrival of the Rob Ford Crack Tape on the internet or broadcast television, because really, it is something to behold.

    If you want to buy it, let me know. I can put you in touch with a guy.

    Ford's office did not immediately respond to an email.

    Update: We've received an email from Dennis Morris, a gentleman with a hotmail.com email address purporting to be Ford's attorney. Here is the message. We haven't corrected its formatting.

    Greetings;I am a lawyer,and have been contacted by Mayor Ford's office in reference to your indicating you will post a photo of Mayor Ford smoking crack cocaine. Mayor Ford denies such took place,and if such posting occurs,it is false and defamatory,and you will be held legally accountable.In reference to the photo,you wish to publish, Mayor Ford has his photo taken daily,sometimes with others.

    If the person you mention is now deceased,it is sad,regardless of his alleged background.

    Please govern yourself accordingly.

    Dennis Morris.
    To contact the author of this post, email john@gawker.com.


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    Oh, and the Toronto Star has seen the video and is running a special in tomorrow's edition

    http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hal...e_alleges.html
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    Not familiar with the dude, but oh snap!

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    The best part is the lawyer's response. Give him Blohan's number, she'll be in the big house before we know it!
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    here's a handy list of all the stupid things he's ever said or done. Yikes.

    https://docs.google.com/a/venturedel...tVDZHaUE#gid=0
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    That's only the ones where the asshole got caught.
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    Holy crap, I knew he was bad but that Google Docs list of stupid stuff...how the hell is this guy still mayor???
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    ^That's what I want to know, too.
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    I can't wait to see it.

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    I would love to see a fat Kiefer Sutherland play him in the inevitable bio pic.
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    Meh. Marion Barry got caught on tape smoking crack, went to federal prison and then got re-elected when he got out.

    Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. (born March 6, 1936) is an American Democratic politician who is serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8. Barry served as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In addition to his current term, Barry also served two other tenures on the D.C. Council, as an At-Large member from 1975–79, and as Ward 8 representative from 1992–95. In the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, serving as the first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

    Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the national capital, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city;[2] he gave the presidential nomination speech for Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by FBI officials on drugcharges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and Barry served six months in afederal prison. After his release, however, he was elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.

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    lol, got a laugh out of this one:
    6/18/2012 Having missed several previous weigh-ins and endured both ridicule from his brother Doug and a viral video showing him being heckled while coming out of a Kentucky Fried Chicket outlet, Ford falls short of his stated goal in his “Cut the Waist” challenge, losing no additional weight in his final weigh-in and then stumbling off the scale and twisting his ankle.

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    ^^ That one cracked me up too.

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    Quiz time!

    Who Said It: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford or SimpsonsMayor Diamond Joe Quimby?

    By Justin Peters
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    Posted Friday, May 17, 2013, at 1:59 PM




    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Springfield Mayor Joe Quimby
    Photo by David Cooper/Toronto Star/Getty Images (Ford) Courtesy of FOX Broadcasting (Quimby)



    On Thursday, Gawker’s John Cook reported the existence of a video that allegedly shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Since entering public service as a city councilor in 2000, Ford has been known for his odd and improper public behavior and comments, a habit that only got worse after he was elected mayor in 2010. Whether he’s accosting out-of-towners at a hockey game, offering to help procure OxyContin for a constituent, or railing against streetcars and anti-poverty activists, Ford has consistently tested the limits of “mayoral behavior.”

    In fact, the public servant Ford most closely resembles is the fictional mayor from The Simpsons, Diamond Joe Quimby. Both men are heavyset. Both are often at odds with constituents, colleagues, and the press. And both are prone to saying outrageous things in public.

    I’ve prepared a 20-question quiz of quotes from Ford and Quimby. Which mayor said which wildly inappropriate thing? Answers are at the bottom.

    1. “Are these morons getting dumber or just louder?”

    2. “It’s hard to hide 300 pounds of fun.”

    3. “People don't want to see their mayor stuck in an office all the time, they want to see him right at their door.”

    4. “We'll blow up our dams, destroy forests, anything! If there's a species of animal causing problems, nosing around your camera, we'll have it wiped out.”

    5. “Demand? Who are you to demand anything? I run this town. You’re just a bunch of low-income nobodies.”

    6. “Let’s call a spade a spade. The left would have taken it and just wanted to spend it on crazy, stupid things like more social programs ...”

    7. “Oh my god, I never want to hurt a bike. That’s the last thing I want to do, precious little bikes.”

    8. “I ordered the re-opening of this prison to send a message to the criminals of [name of city]. If you commit a violent crime in my town, you are going to end up here. To demonstrate what you're in for, I will now strap myself into this electric chair, which was deactivated over 30 years ago, and, I can only assume, still is.”

    9. “Water is the healthiest form of liquid.”

    10. “By the way, this woman is not my wife, but I am sleeping with her. I'm telling you this because I'm comfortable with my womanizing."

    11. “I'm sick of you people, you’re nothing but a pack of fickle mush heads.”

    12. “Tuesday, Nov. 27, I’m going to be playing hooky from City Hall.”

    13. “Those Oriental people work like dogs. … They're slowly taking over.”

    14. “Now on to the next item, the proposal for putting term limits on public office. All those in favor say, ‘I have sex with animals.’ ”

    15. “I’d love to see us sell the zoo and make money on it if we can. ... Keep the elephants here and take it from there.”

    16. “You don't scare me, that could be anyone's ass. Now beat it! I'm calling the shots.”

    17. “I will retract the word ‘ass.’ ”

    18. “Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don't also blow.”

    19. “You are tampering with forces you can't understand, we have major corporations sponsoring this event.”

    20. “I’m as clean as the days are long.”

    ANSWERS:

    Ford: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20

    Quimby: 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18, 19
    source: Rob Ford, crack cocaine: Simpsons mayor Diamond Joe Quimby or Toronto mayor Rob Ford: Who said it?
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