Oct 31, 2013
By Michael Kramer
Toronto mayor Rob Ford says there’s no reason for him to resign – after Police Chief Bill Blairsuggested new video files may supportallegations thatFord wasseen in a video purportedly smoking crack cocaine.
Blair told a news conference he’s “disappointed”byimages recovered from a hard drive that was seized on June 13th – becausethey depict images of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford that are “consistent with those previously reported in the press.”
Allegations of a video appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine surfaced in May when reporters from the Toronto Star and the U-S website Gawker reported they were shown the video.
The original investigation led to dozens of arrests andChief Blair says a friend of the Mayor who is alsohis occasionaldriver – Alesandro Lisi -is now charged with extortionin relation to today’s revelations.
The massive document contains about 300 pagesand includes pictures of Ford interacting with Lisi.
The pair would often meet in parking lots and once met in what is described as “the woods.”
The court file shows that Mayor Rob Ford repeatedly called Lisi in March, 2013.
Fordemerged from his officethis afternoon and told reporters that there is no reason for him to resign.
Ford said, “I wish I could defend myself, unfortunately I can’t because it’s before the courts right now.”
For months, police have been investigating the mayor and a number of his associates, including Lisi – as part of Project “Brazen 2” which isan offshoot of the June guns-and-gangs sweep dubbed “Project Traveller.”
None of the allegations have been proven in court.