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  • 22 January 2014, 11:42

Rob Ford: Slurring Mayor 'Drank A Little Bit'

Troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has admitted to drinking a "little bit" after he was yet again caught on camera swearing and slurring his words.

The footage of Mr Ford, who has publicly acknowledged battling drug and alcohol problems, was filmed in a fast-food restaurant and posted on YouTube.

It shows the mayor rambling and talking about police surveillance, as well as trying to imitate an apparent Jamaican accent.

Confronted about the footage outside his Toronto office, Mr Ford admitted to having drunk "a little bit" on Monday night.

"I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life with my personal friends, that's up to me," Mr Ford said.

"It really has nothing to do with you guys."

Mr Ford said he did not think the language he used was offensive or discriminatory.

"It's how I speak with some of my friends," he said.

Mr Ford said in November that he had quit drinking alcohol after having a "come to Jesus moment".

Last week he snapped at reporters and denied he was drinking after pictures emerged of him at a nightclub.

Mr Ford also acknowledged last year that he had smoked crack "in one of my drunken stupors".

The admission came after police said they obtained a copy of a tape that appeared to show him taking the drug.

He refused to resign, and last week put his name on a ballot to run for another term as mayor.

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