TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made some lewd remarks Thursday when speaking at city hall as TV cameras broadcast him live. He initially refused to apologize but then went before reporters and did just that. Here is an edited text of his initial statement and later apology. WARNING: Some of the remarks are obscene:
Mayor Rob Ford's initial comments:
Unfortunately, it's unfortunate I have to take legal action. I don't appreciate people calling Alana a prostitute, I've never had a prostitute here, I'm very happily married at home. This is very disturbing against my wife.
Unfortunately I have to take legal action against Isaac Ransom and George Christopoulos and Mark Towhey and I have to take legal action against the waiter who said I was doing lines at the Bier Markt.
That is outright lies, that is not true. You know what, it hurts my wife when they're calling a friend of mine a prostitute. Alana is not a prostitute, she's a friend, and it makes me sick how people are saying this.
So unfortunately, I have no other choice. I'm the last one to take legal action, I can't put up with it anymore. So I've named the names, litigation will be starting shortly, I've had enough. That's why I warned you guys yesterday, be careful what you wrote. OK, so that's all I have to say for now.
And the next thing is I want to call Mayor Bratina in Hamilton and tell him we're going to have to spank their little Tigercats.
Oh, and the last thing was, (name of former female aide). It says that I want to eat her p*ssy, (names her again), I've never said that in my life to her, I would never do that. I'm happily married, I've got more than enough to eat at home.
Thank you very much.
Mayor Ford's subsequent apology:
Ladies and gentlemen I want to apologize for my graphic remarks this morning.
Yesterday I mentioned, was the second worst day of my life except for the death of my father
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.
The revelations yesterday of cocaine, escorts, prostitution has pushed me over the line and I used unforgivable language and again I apologize. These allegations are 100 per cent lies.
When you attack my integrity as a father and as a husband, I see red. Today I acted on compete impulse in my remarks.
I fully realize in the past I have drank alcohol in 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. I do not wish to comment on the particulars of this support.
I wish you to understand I am accepting responsibility for the challenges I face . I would ask you please, please, respect my family's privacy.
Thank you very much.