Rob Ford apologizes for crude language, says he's getting help

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at City Hall in a football jersey in Toronto, November 14, 2013....

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives at City Hall in a football jersey in Toronto, November 14, 2013. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:53 PM ET

TORONTO — Embattled Mayor Rob Ford dug in even further Thursday.

As Ford's frustrated allies and outraged enemies called for him to step down, Ford held a press conference with his wife Renata at his side to assure residents he is getting help and apologize for using "graphic" language hours earlier.

Moments after that press conference, Ford sparked a chaotic scene as he used City Hall security and his taxpayer-funded driver to push his way through the sea of media called into the office for the speech.

"For the past six months, I have been under tremendous, tremendous stress. The stress is largely of my own making. I have apologized and I have tried to move forward. This has proven to be almost impossible," Ford said.

"The revelations (Wednesday) of cocaine, escorts and prostitution have pushed me over the line."

Ford admitted he used "unforgivable language" Thursday morning to address the allegations.

"These are 100% lies," he said. "When you attack my integrity as a father and as a husband, I see red. Today, I acted on complete impulse in my remarks.

"I fully realize in the past I have drank alcohol to excess. I wish you to know, I am receiving support from a team of health-care professionals, I am taking accountability and receiving advice from people with expertise."

He refused to elaborate on the "particulars of this support."

"I wish you to understand I am accepting responsibility for the challenges I face," Ford said. "I would ask you please, please respect my family's privacy."

The mayor then ignored questions from reporters.

Editor’s note: The below video is uncensored and contains strong language which may not be suitable for all viewers.


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