The infamous video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe has been made public after a Toronto court lifted a publication ban. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The infamous video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe while slurring his words has been made public after a Toronto court lifted a publication ban on Thursday. It shows Ford mostly muttering inaudibly while a woman off-camera speaks about politics and uses profanities in respect to Justin Trudeau, now Canada's prime minister, as Ford lights the pipe and inhales. Ford, who died in March, can be seen with sunlight streaming onto his face while holding the pipe and gesticulating. For months after reports of the video's existence surfaced in 2013, Ford denied that he had ever smoked the drug. He eventually admitted that he had done so probably "in one of my drunken stupors". A friend and former driver for Ford, Alexander Lisi, was charged with extortion against a now-convicted gang member who had a cellphone clip of the video. That charge was dropped on Thursday, leading to the publication ban being lifted. Ford died 18 months after he was diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare cancer found in soft, fatty tissue of the body. He was never charged in relation to his drug use.