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Rob Ford Crack-Smoking Video Released After Judge Dismisses Related Case

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By    |   Thursday, 11 Aug 2016 12:56 PM

The infamous video of the late Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, smoking crack and trash-talking Justin Trudeau was made public on Thursday after the New York Daily News posted a YouTube clip.

The video was at the center of the biggest political scandal in the city's history, which was sparked in May 2013, The Toronto Star reported. It was released after a judge dismissed a charge against Ford's former driver Alexander “Sandro” Lisi, who was accused of trying to extort a gang member to get hold of the video clip.

Lisi agreed not to contact Liban Siyad and Mohamed Siad, whom he had been accused of extorting. The charge was dropped because of their lack of cooperation and Ford's death in March following a battle with cancer, the Star said.

In November, Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine amid one of his “drunken stupors,” CityNews reported.

"No, I’m not an addict, and no, I do not do drugs," Ford said in November. "I’ve made mistakes in the past and all I can do is apologize, but it is what it is and I can’t change the past. And I can apologize to my family, my friends, my colleagues and the people of this great city. I can’t change it."

Ford entered rehab in June 2014.

Last year, the closely guarded video was shown in court during Lisi's preliminary hearing. In the video, Ford talks incoherently, disparaging minorities and complaining of being considered a radical right-wing politician. He is seen inhaling from a small glass pipe.

The video was reportedly shot on Feb. 17, 2013, by Mohamed Siad, The Globe and Mail reported.

"It's clearer than I thought. What struck me right away is it's obviously Rob Ford," reporter Marcus McGee said in a video describing the clip.

He went on to say, "I think we've kind of lost the power to be shocked by all of this. There were so many shocking revelations during the whole thing that it almost seems old hat to see the video now. It'll be fascinating for people to watch just because you see the mayor of the city, former mayor, doing this, but the shock value I think has worn off considerably."

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The infamous video of the late Rob Ford, the former mayor of Toronto, smoking crack and trash-talking Justin Trudeau was made public on Thursday after the New York Daily News posted a YouTube clip.
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