TORONTO (AP) — A
judge released court documents Wednesday that include a description of a
video where Mayor Rob Ford is seen smoking what appears to be crack
Ford, who is seeking re-election despite the drug scandal
engulfing him, acknowledged last year that he smoked crack in a
"drunken stupor" after police said they obtained the video. News reports
of the crack video's existence first surfaced in May, but it has not
been released publicly.
"Mayor Ford is holding what appears to be a
glass cylinder in one hand and a lighter in the other hand while
engaged in conversation with individual(s) off camera," the documents
"At one point Mayor Ford holds the glass cylinder to his
mouth. Lights the lighter and applies the flame to the tip of the glass
cylinder in a circular motion. After several seconds Mayor Ford appears
The video appears to have been filmed surreptitiously
showing Ford "consuming what appears to be a narcotic while inside a
residence," according to the documents.
Ford inhales before he notices a recording device then "briefly points at the camera and asks if it's on," the documents state.
mayor of Canada's largest city has rebuffed pressure to resign since
admitting to smoking crack. The Toronto City Council stripped him of
most of his powers in an effort to isolate him, but it lacked the
authority to force him out.
Ford is not facing charges but police said the investigation continues.
Ian Nordheimer ruled the documents should be unsealed after lawyers
representing several media organizations argued for the release.
documents also note that meetings between Ford and his friend and
former driver, Alexander Lisi, are "indicative to that of drug
trafficking" and that the two have been in constant contact during the
investigation. Lisi is facing extortion charges over attempts to
retrieve the video from an alleged gang member.
describe how alleged gang member Mohamed Siad boasts about catching the
"mayor smoking crack" in a video. Police allege the video was recorded
on Feb. 17, 2013, at 7:57 PM.
Five videos in total were found on
the computer of Siad, police say in the court documents. Police believe
Siad, one of dozens of people charged in a separate weapons and gang
investigation, was trying to sell the crack video. The documents say
the first four videos were failed attempts to video Ford.
Ford brushed by reporters Wednesday and declined to answer questions.
Chow, who is running to replace Ford in the October election, said the
ongoing revelations about Ford show "why he is no role model for our
children. Our city is tired of the distractions and needs a new mayor."