Nightly News   |  November 05, 2013

Toronto mayor says he smoked crack ‘in one of my drunken stupors’

In a teary and defiant stand, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford refused to step down hours after admitting he has smoked crack cocaine. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>>> and across the border in canada, today, the mayor of toronto admitted smoking crack cocaine, a charge he had denied for month, despite mounting evidence. and he said today he has no plans to leave office. nbc's stephanie gosk has the report tonight on the highly unusual public confession.

>> from denial to confession, the toronto mayor, rob ford , stunned the city.

>> reporter: toronto's mayor, rob ford , won't be resigning.

>> i have nothing left to hide.

>> reporter: a teary and defiant stand just hours after this stunning admission.

>> yes, i have smoked crack cocaine . but no, do i -- am i an addict? no, have i tried it. probably in one of my drunken stupors.

>> reporter: allegations about ford first came up in may, when there was an incriminating video.

>> the video, which appears to be real, shows rob ford in a room, hanging back in his chair and appears to be smoking a crack pipe.

>> reporter: the mayor of canada's biggest city denied he had a problem.

>> i do not use crack cocaine , nor am i an addict of crack cocaine .

>> reporter: but then the toronto police chief came out and said that investigators had the video. no criminal charges, but facing repeated calls for his resignation, ford finally publicly confessed today.

>> i feel like a thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders.

>> deserve a response --

>> sincerely, sincerely apologize.

>> reporter: and maybe that will be enough. washington, d.c. mayor marion berry was caught on tape doing crack cocaine in a sting in the '90s, only to be elected as mayor another four years, but as badly as the mayor wants to move on.

>> these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.

>> reporter: this is a day few canadians will soon forget. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.