Rob Ford video: 'I need to make sure he's dead'

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford says he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" when he was caught on video ranting about wanting to kill someone.

The admission came just days after Ford admitted he smoked crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" and is the latest bombshell to hit his embattled administration.

"I need f---ing 10 minutes to make sure he's dead," Ford shouts in a clip of the video that was shopped to the Sun and other media outlets.

The Toronto Sun discussed the video with the vendor but did not purchase it or enter into negotiations.

Nearly a half hour after the Sun posted a story and clip of the video Thursday, the Toronto Star posted the full video and later revealed it had purchased the footage for $5,000.

Nearly a half hour after the Sun posted a story and clip of the video Thursday, the Toronto Star posted the full video and revealed it had purchased the footage.

It includes Ford saying things like “Cause I'm going to kill that f---ing guy. I'm telling you it's first-degree murder,” and “No holds barred, brother. He dies or I die, brother.”

He adds: “I need fucking 10 minutes to make sure he’s dead. It’ll be over in 5 minutes.”

Moments after that Ford walked out of the mayor's office at City Hall and faced reporters.

"The Toronto Star just released a video," Ford said. "I was very, very inebriated and, um...all I can say is again, I've made mistakes, all I can do is reassure the people that, I don't know what to say."

Ford didn't answer questions about who he was speaking to in the video or who he was speaking about killing.

He also ignored a question about why he won't take the advice of his council allies and take a leave of absence to deal with his substance abuse problems.

"You know what, I just wanted to come out and tell you that I saw a video, it is extremely embarrassing, the whole world is going to see it," Ford said. "You know what? I don't have a problem with that. It is extremely embarrassing and I don't know what to say. Again and again and again, I'll apologize. When you're in that state...I hope none of you have ever or will be in that state."

Asked to provide the context of the video, Ford shrugged.

"Obviously I was extremely, extremely inebriated, OK," he said.

Even before the latest video scandal broke, some of Ford's council colleagues were planning to give him an ultimatum.

Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong — a member of Ford’s executive committee — announced Thursday morning that if Ford won’t take a temporary leave to seek help for substance abuse problems, he’ll ask council next week to vote to request the province change the legislation so they can remove him.

“We have told him that he needs to find the exit, he doesn’t seem to be listening,” Minnan-Wong said in front of the mayor’s office. “If he won’t find the exit, I think we have to show him the door.”

The province said it will consider any proposals brought forward, but Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey says it would prefer the city handle the situation.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said city council or the judicial system are the best places to find a solution.

"The situation right now is that city council has tools at its disposal — I believe there are a couple of motions that are on the table will be discussed by city council," Wynne said.

-With files from Antonella Artuso


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