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Rob Ford: “I Would Never Do That. I’m Happily Married. I’ve Got More Than Enough to Eat at Home.”

Mayor says he's launching legal action against former senior staff who spoke with police about his behaviour.

Rob Ford has now responded to the court-ordered release of more police documents—the summaries of interviews the police conducted with several members of Rob Ford’s staff. Here, in full, is the transcript of his remarks to the press:

I couldn’t comment yesterday cause I didn’t read the documents that was [sic] released.

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. I have to take legal action against the waiter that said I was doing lines at the Bier Markt. That is outright lies; that is not true.

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.

That’s all I have to say for now. The next thing I want to call Mayor Bratina in Hamilton and tell him that we’re going to have to spank their little Tiger-Cats.

Oh, and the last thing was Olivia Gondak, that says that I wanted to eat her pussy. 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.

The audio:

More to come.

Comments

  • OgtheDim

    Yes, because, you know, his issues are all changeable by staying in his basement and phoning his lawyer.

  • vampchick21

    Sorry Robbie, I don’t believe a single, solitary word you say. Your own fault there dearheart, it started when you lied about things like saving us a billion dollars and not raising taxes or cutting anything. this is just escalating it. And good luck with your lawsuit, I’ve a strong feeling that it’s not going anywhere.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      I remember the Tuggs lawsuit and how the judge threw the case out because he didn’t consider George Foulidas credible. It makes you wonder if Ford could ever be considered credible. I doubt this will ever go to court anyhow.

      • vampchick21

        Frankly I think he’s just blustering as he normally does. Perhaps someone with more knowledge of the Canadian legal system and libel/slander lawsuits can confirm or correct, but I’m pretty sure you can’t sue someone for something they said while being interviewed by police.

        • glenn_storey

          i suspect, without any grounds for my belief, that he’s doing this to close all the documents to the public, because he has zero chance of winning this lawsuit.

          • vampchick21

            Too late for that if that’s what he’s trying to do.

        • bobloblawbloblawblah

          I was making that very point to a co-worker. These are allegations in documents released by police. I’m not sure this suit will go anywhere but it diverts everyone’s attention and puts the staffers statements back in the land of “allegations” rather than accepted fact.

          • Ian Coutts

            After so many allegations that have been later proven true or admitted, and none that have been proven untrue, it is reasonable to assume that current allegations might also be true. Benefit of doubt does not apply to Mayor Ford any longer.

      • bobloblawbloblawblah

        I was making that very point to a co-worker. These are allegations in documents released by police. I’m not sure this suit will go anywhere but it diverts everyone’s attention and puts the staffers statements back in the land of “allegations” rather than accepted fact.

    • rich1299

      I had felt sympathy for Rob Ford at one point in this sordid affair despite his constant lying and general assholery. It quickly ended though about the time he blew kisses to the press and everything that’s happened since especially dragging his wife into it. Her I do feel sorry for and especially their children.

      He won’t be suing anyone, its just a threat to his current staff to not talk to the cops. The staffers he’s threatening to sue, even if he actually follows through and the lawsuit isn’t thrown out before getting started, have a solid truth defense. All a lawsuit would do is confirm that Rob Ford’s assholery knows no bounds.

  • dsmithhfx

    But will he take legal action against Santa Claus?

  • Ripred

    Yes, and we all know what you say and do when you’re in a drunken stupor, Rob. Your words are meaningless.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    “I’ve got more than enough to eat at home.”

    Nothing says class like Rob Ford.

    • bluegardenia9

      I know!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read that last paragraph…I mean I always knew that Ford was uneducated, classless and crass…but to actually have it all verified in one little paragraph…well it’s like Christmas LOL.
      In fact he is SO classless and crass that he doesn’t understand why he should resign…he is so full of his own under achievements, doesn’t understand that he lacks any redeemable qualities so he will just keep going until some one gets off their backsides and changes the legislation to allow city council to dump this guy as he should be dumped.

  • Dinah Might

    STEAK, Robbie. You’re supposed to say you have STEAK at home. NOT pussy.

    Oh, and way to make “spank their little Tiger-Cats” sound dirty.

    • PlantinMoretus

      “spank their little Tiger-Cats” – good grief

      • happyintoronto

        Tiger Pussies.

      • Mike Arienti

        The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a CFL team…

    • glenn_storey

      that was always paul newman’s ratoinale, and he WAS a classy guy.

  • happyintoronto

    The more this comes out in the courts, the better it is.
    Although, I have no doubt that Robbie will lie under oath. He can’t help himself.

    • AllanG

      Why do you think his lawyer has advised him not to speak to the police? It’s illegal to lie to the cops in an investigation.

      • happyintoronto

        Do you really think he’ll take his lawyer’s advise?
        And the whole family has a sick sense of entitlement – being above the law.

      • Elise Aymer

        It doesn’t seem as if the police have asked him for an interview, anyway. They did ask his staffers/ex-staffers in to talk to them.

        • TorontoistEditors

          Police have confirmed that they have tried to book a meeting with Ford several times.

  • vampchick21

    It occurs to me that this manchild of a mayor we’re stuck with is suffering from a bad case of I don’t wanna grow up. He’s 44 years old and if reports are even half true, behaving like a drunken frat boy.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Is English his second or third language?

    • dsmithhfx

      It’s the Ford Nation dialect: Trash-talkin’ Rap Hokum, generally delivered with a red face, wild eyes, wavy hands and buckets of spit.

  • vampchick21

    Wonderful, now he’s telling the Sun that he didn’t buy the drugs for himself. Really brings to mind when he was caught on tape offering to buy Oxy for that one guy a few years ago. Or a teen caught red-handed with a baggie of pot in their backpack. “But mom! I’m just holding it for a friend!” Bull. Shit.

    • AllanG

      To be fair, the Oxy tape indicated Ford’s hesitations about it. He told the guy he didn’t know any drug dealers, didn’t know how much Oxy cost and that he would try to help but wasn’t sure what he could do. It was related to Ford’s “offer” to help the guy find a new doctor.

      • vampchick21

        So then when did he start hanging out with drug dealers? When did his usage start? Just the one single time that he’s admitted to, and yet he states he’s bought drugs in the last 2 years.

        • AllanG

          I was responding based on what I heard on that audio tape. Don’t know when it started but based on the mounting evidence we’re seeing, I would guess that he’s been a partier (not just a user) since his youth. You would have to have REALLY bad luck if the one time you smoked crack it ends up on a video and the 3 or 4 times you get stinking drunk turn into public spectacles.

          • vampchick21

            My memory of the actual transcript of that tape is plenty slim right now. Although I suppose I could take the time to go look it up. :) But I agree, this has been going on for some time now.

        • CaligulaJones

          “So then when did he start hanging out with drug dealers?”

          According to the Globe, at birth. If, by drug dealer, you mean Doug.

      • dsmithhfx

        He may have been being cagey (one of the few times in his life), answering a call from a total stranger about scoring drugs.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    Y’know, I’d love to hear what David Miller thinks of all this.

    • Mojo

      No kidding, eh? Every “I inherited a HUGE mess” comment is directed to Miller. I would so enjoy it if he put his 2 cents in.

    • Mojo

      No kidding, eh? Every “I inherited a HUGE mess” comment is directed to Miller. I would so enjoy it if he put his 2 cents in.

  • glenn_storey

    this chapter of the kinsey report brought to you by mayor rob ford.

  • ATELIER IVAAN

    The best civil lawyers in the country are going to be volunteering their services pro bono to Towhey, Ransom and any other staffer whom Ford is imbecile enough to sue. The guy is clearly mentally ill. Someone should check and ensure he doesn’t have any firearms.

    • glenn_storey

      they are in full blown panic mode. they’re retreating and blowing up everything as they go.

      • AllanG

        Or more likely, they’re in full blown campaign mode. Any PR is good PR.

        • dsmithhfx

          This ain’t.

          • CaligulaJones

            The social conservatives have pretty much abandoned him (i.e., veteran not shaking his hand on Monday).

            The fiscal conservatives have pretty much abandoned him because, like me, we can do better in our choice of mayor. Much, much better. I mean, making Karen Stintz look good takes some serious skills (for skills, read fucking up).

            The mean conservatives won’t abandon him because it isn’t in their DNA. (Really, we only use those guys as cannon fodder/beserkers anyway. Most cross the line from loose cannon to liabilities too soon in the battle).

    • dsmithhfx

      Bear in mind these same staffers were enabling and covering up his binges (even procuring alcohol for him on a regular basis) for literally years.

    • bobloblawbloblawblah

      Maybe Clayton Ruby would like to have another go at Ford.

  • ATELIER IVAAN

    It’s not illegal to buy alcohol for someone over 19 nor is it illegal to do damage control for one’s boss. Easy for us to look at it from afar, different when your paycheque depends on keeping your boss happy.

    • CaligulaJones

      And different, I would imagine, when you get a legal opinion of what happens when you allow someone to drink and drive.

      Bars and home have been successfully sued for providing alcohol.

    • ephena

      As far as I know, serving someone alcohol and then knowingly letting them drive is not super legal.

      • ATELIER IVAAN

        Bars, restaurants and people hosting New Year’s Eve parties do it all the time and it is perfectly legal. Host liability kicks in when you have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that your guest has consumed sufficient alcohol in a sufficiently short period of time that their ability to operate a motor vehicle may be impaired. There’s enough blame to go around; let’s make sure it ends up where it belongs, that is: squarely on Rob Ford’s shoulders.

        • rich1299

          I’ve been reading some of the highly entertaining police report the judge released and it seems that his staffers did try to keep Rob Ford from drinking and driving. At one point after it was clear Ford was drinking and driving Towhey ordered all staffers to not let him drive if they were going anywhere in a car with him, if a staffer was in a car with Ford they had to be the one driving. I’m sure it was meant for the safety of the staffers mostly since Ford wouldn’t be stopped from doing whatever he wanted. Towhey also refused all evening engagements for Ford after the Garrison Ball incident since Ford was more intoxicated in the evenings though he also drank a fair bit of vodka while working in the mayor’s office from the sounds of it. Another time in a car with a staffer, Ford wasn’t driving, he finished off a mickey of vodka in just a couple of minutes, each swig chased with Gatorade.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    From Robyn Doolittile’s twitter feed at city hall:

    Lawyer Brian Shiller – a top attorney who works with Clayton Ruby – has just sent me a formal statement about the mayor’s legal threat…

    I am offering to act for all of the proposed defendants in Mayor Ford’s anticipated lawsuit on a pro bono basis….

    It is important that a signal is sent that the citizens of Toronto will not be intimidated by the Mayor of Toronto…

    from cooperating with the police in an investigation into potential wrongdoing by the leader of this great city.
    —————————————————————————————–

    Does Ford really want to go back to court? It must be exhausting fighting everyone, all the time.

    • CaligulaJones

      I’m sure he’ll pay for this out of his own pocket, though, like stamps and stuff. A good lawyer can’t cost much more than a few stamps, right?

  • OpportKnocks

    LOL – Well if that statement does cement his “everyman” creds I don’t know what will.

  • CaligulaJones

    Yes, Zach Galifinakis! He’s alive, although the Harvey Keitel or Billy Bob Thornton in a fat suit for the combination Bad Mayor/Santa would work.

    Although, I’m thinking more an animated version, so we can get a Tommy Boy/Lionel Hutz scene.

    • vampchick21

      But the VA for Lionel Hutz is long gone :( It wouldn’t be the same. Like Kermit, he’d sound all wrong!

  • CaligulaJones

    Let’s see: one lawyer for the upcoming criminal charges.

    One for the defamation charges (suing and being sued).

    One for divorce court…

    I think he has single-handedly made waterfront property in Muskoka unattainable for even mere millionaires now.

  • vampchick21

    Really? I hope you’re not being serious.

  • vampchick21

    Because I’m talking about Ford and what he’s saying. Because I’m talking about Ford and what he’s said & lied about in the past. Because he denied crack use for 6 months and then finally admitted after Blair confirmed they had the video. Because he lied about his DUI in Florida until presented with the evidence. Because he lied about his behaviour at the ACC until presented with the evidence. Because of his own actions and his own words and his own behaviour. I’ll believe the accusation until proven otherwise because the history of Rob Ford shows he’s the one lying more often than others.

    • rich1299

      Ford actually continued to lie about the Florida DUI even after being presented with the evidence continuing to insist that he was charged with failing to provide a breathalyzer sample.

  • RaygunJones

    Just to clear this up, because it’s distressing that no one is explicitly saying it in the news sources:

    Ford has absolutely no legal leg to stand on with these threats.

    It doesn’t matter what sort of NDA clauses might have been built into city staff’s contracts, they cannot prevent individuals from divulging information during a police interview. NDA agreements do not have the same legal status as privilege between lawyers and clients or doctors and patients.

    Secondly, even if Ford COULD sue for something that was said during a police interview, he would still have no cause of action, because the staffers themselves did not make their statements public.

    And he has no cause of action against the judge who ordered the redacted portions of the ITO released, because in the criminal code as well as at common law (for a tort action), court documents are explicitly protected from defamation claims.

    Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t know the law.

    Ford is just using these threats to try to scare his former employees into staying quiet going forward. He should not be allowed to get away with it.

    • dsmithhfx

      “Ford is just using these threats to try to scare his former employees into staying quiet ”

      ‘Fighting back’ theatre.

  • VictorianShuter

    [obligatory pun about Rob Ford being a cunning linguist.]

  • glenn_storey

    how long until robby starts hiking the appalachian trail?

  • Ian Coutts

    You are allowed to make all of the bad decisions you wish to make.

  • rich1299

    I had heard nothing at all about the allegation that lead to Ford making such a remark from any source before he complained about it today. Did I miss some reporting somewhere? Did Ford just make the entire city aware of that accusation on his own or was it in some news article previously?

    It got me looking through what was released by the judge recently and all I could find in it so far, its a huge but very entertaining document, is an allegation that he spoke inappropriately to Olivia Gondak but nothing about him actually saying he wanted to eat her pussy. I may not have got to that chapter yet but I’ve little doubt Ford’s mayoralty will be made into a movie some day.

    • PabloYYZ

      Not sure if this is what you are looking for – Isaac Ransom seems to be quoting what the heard the mayor say on page 156 of the document.

      • rich1299

        Thanks. What I was wondering was if his comments about Gondak that were mentioned in the police report had been reported by any news media before Ford blurted this out?

        I’ve been following this fairly closely in the news but hadn’t bothered to read the police reports before. They are quite entertaining but its not something I would’ve bothered reading if Ford hadn’t said what he did. The first I heard anything about the allegation that Ford had made such comments about Gondak was from Ford himself instead of the media.

  • EXCAN

    So let me get this straight. It would be OK for the Canadian Government to step in and remove him from power. But when a pack of separatist traitors get elected in Quebec and reunion everyones life who is not quebecois francophone that OK?

    • dsmithhfx

      What?

  • beljim

    I think reporters should interview the kids he coached to see whether he has a little Jerry Sandusky syndrome.