November 15th, 2013 – TORONTO, ON: Toronto’s Mayor, Rob not only used graphic language but finally cracked and admitted to being “pushed over the line,” while apologizing for his comments towards released police documents.
Early Thursday morning, new allegations we’re released about the mayor’s fluctuating behavior.
Those formerly within Ford’s inner circle have given police detailed interviews about his inappropriate behavior. These sources include Ford’s former Specialist Assistant of Communications, Issac Ransom, Ford’s former Chief of Staff, Mark Towhey, Ford’s former Assistant, Chris Fickel, Ford’s former Events Co-ordinator, Jennifer Dwyer, and Ford’s former Staffer, Nico Fidani.
Evidence presented towards the new allegations was released in a large document, listing connections to Alexander Lisi among the following and many more.
Suspected escorts and/or prostitutes present in Mayor Ford’s office
A young, blond woman by the name of Alana has been alleged to be a prostitute or escort who is “close” to Ford. Alana also, allegedly, had hashish and marijuana that Ford wanted to use on St. Patrick’s Day, 2012.
Physical altercation with then Deputy Chief of Staff, Earl Provost and former advisor, Brooks Barnett
On St. Patrick’s Day, 2012, Ford allegedly pushed Provost down and drew his hand back, as if he were to punch him.
Ford also rushed at Barnett and pinned him to a wall, tightening his fist as if he were about to strike a blow.
Racist comments towards a cab driver
Ford took a taxi at one point where witnesses insist he called the driver a “paki”, along with other racist slurs, mocking him with fake-Pakistani accent and throwing business cards at him.
On St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, Ford was given The Merchant Room at the Bier Market, a private room in the back. A waiter insists he witnessed the Mayor snort cocaine when he went to deliver an order of poutine and heard sniffing noises.
Smoking marijuana in his basement & joints in Mayor’s desk
It has also been reported that Ford had asked former assistant Chris Fickel to fix a computer at his home in October 2012. Fickel saw Ford light up and smoke a joint after offering it to Fickel. Fickel stands by his remarks, mentioning the smell of marijuana as proof. Mark Towhey, former chief of staff said a former executive told him he found a joint in the Mayor’s desk – which disappeared four or five days later.
Treating staff as personal life workers
The report also details how Ford would regularly call former assistant Chris Fickel at the last minute to do household work at the Mayors home. Everything from change light bulbs, replace batteries for his kids’ toys, to buying cigarettes, bleach, laundry detergent and diet coke for his wife.
Ford also asked staff member Nico Fidani, to buy and deliver vodka to his home. Ford has also been reported to using young staffers to buy him iceberg vodka.
Drinking and Driving
In a police interview over the phone, detailed in the report, Former Events Co-ordinator, Jennifer Dwyer, said she was a nervous passenger in Ford’s car during an incident of drunk driving. Dwyer further said that Ford once drove her to an event in 2012 while he was impaired, driving so fast that Dwyer was nervous to even be in the vehicle.
Emotional about father
On St. Patrick’s Day 2012, Ford had mood swings after being removed from the Bier Market bar. Documents state that the Mayor also broke down and began crying about his father. Police said they were told that the Mayor has also phoned Kia Nejatian, the Mayor’s Executive Assistant once or twice from his father’s grave, and sounded like he was crying.
Crude sexual remarks
The Mayor targeted Olivia Gondek, former Special Assistant, with sexual remarks on the evening of St. Partrick’s Day 2012. At approximately 4 A.M., Ford told a female guard he was going to perform oral sex on her.
Early Thursday morning, November 14th, Ford addressed media outside his office, “it’s unfortunate I have to take legal action.”
Ford continued further, mentioning that he was upset with people calling “Alana a prostitute,” along with naming everyone he felt he must take legal action against. Ford claimed she is a “friend” and “how it makes me sick people are saying this.”
“That is outright lies, that is not true.” Ford said when he remarked on the waiter who claimed Ford had been doing lines of cocaine.
“I can’t put up with it anymore…. I’ve had enough.” – Ford
Before closing off, Ford said, “Olivia Gondek, it says that I want to eat her pussy. Olivia Gondek, I’ve never said that in my life to her, I would never do that.” He then continued, “I’m happily married, I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”
Many viewer were shocked and offended by the lewd language the Mayor used.
A few hour later, at noon, Ford apologized for his “unforgettable language,” in a professional manner at a news conference.
Ford expressed how the allegations “pushed [him] over the line.”
“I acted on complete impulse in my remarks. When you attack my integrity as a father and a husband, I see red,” he added, asking media to respect his family’s privacy.
Ford then mentioned how he was receiving support from a team of health-care professionals and advice from people with expertise. He left without taking any questions by pushing his way through the crowd, along-side his wife who stood by the public apology.