Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly offered “five thousand and a car” to purchase a video showing him smoking crack cocaine months before its existance was known to the public, according to court documents released Wednesday.
The allegations were detailed in wiretaps set up by a Toronto police investigation and reported by CTV News. Two men were recorded allegedly discussing the tape, one of which had previously placed a call to Ford’s office. Via CTV News:
Abdi allegedly said he was offered “five thousand and a car,” adding, “What the f*** is that?,” to which Siad allegedly said he would “meet with him and ask for ‘150,’” believed to be $150,000. Abdi allegedly said the video could be sold to the Toronto Star and a website. News broke in the Star and Gawker in mid-May, after which the mayor denied the video’s existence.
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