Thursday, October 31, 2013
Toronto Police recover video which appears to show mayor Rob Ford smoking crack
Toronto Police appear to now have the video of Mayor Rob Ford appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
Chief Bill Blair announced Thursday that police obtained a "digital video file" that was "consistent with those reported in the press."
"We have recovered a digital video file which is consistent with that that has been described in various media reporters," Blair said.
Blair said the file was recovered this week and led to one arrest Thursday morning.
This latest bombshell in the Ford crack video controversy comes the same day the media obtained the censored police document.
The chief wouldn't directly say the video is the video first reported by Gawker.com back in May.
"The mayor does appear in that video," Blair told reporters.
Asked if he was shocked by the video when he watched it, Blair said he was "disappointed."
As a result of the file recovery, Blair said police arrested Sandro Lisi.
Lisi, Ford's friend and occasional driver, was charged with extortion Thursday.
Ford has repeatedly denied publicly that the video exists.
"I can't comment on something that I've never seen or doesn't exist," he told reporters following the Project Traveller raids.
"I don't know how many more times I've got to say this."
In a statement a week after news of the video broke, Ford denied he's addicted to crack cocaine or uses the drug.
"I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist," he said at that time.
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