After months of feverish coverage in the Canadian press, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally said that he had smoked crack, around a year ago, and “probably in one of my drunken stupors”.
The admission came days after Toronto’s police chief confirmed his officers had recovered a copy of a video that two media organisations said showed Mr Ford smoking the drug.
“Yes I have smoked crack cocaine,” he said, after six months of evading the question. “But, no, do I? Am I an addict? No. Have I have tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago,” he said.