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Rob Ford Update: "Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine," embattled Toronto mayor says

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives to talk on his weekly radio show in Toronto, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. Mark Blinch, AP Photo/The Canadian Press

(CBS/AP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has admitted that he smoked crack cocaine "probably a year ago" during a "drunken stupor," according to the Associated Press.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported via Twitter that Ford says he is "not an addict," but had tried the drug and wants to move forward. 

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"I've made mistakes and all I can do is move on," the embattled mayor reportedly said.

Ford made his admission to reporters Tuesday, just days after police said they had obtained a copy of a videothat appears to show the mayor puffing on a crack cocaine pipe.

"There have been times when I've been in a drunken stupor. That's why I want to see the tape. I want everyone in the city to see this tape. I don't even recall there being a tape or video. I want to see the state that I was in," Ford told reporters Tuesday outside his office.

The video was recovered from a computer hard drive during an investigation of an associate of Ford's who is suspected of providing him drugs. Police have said they don't have grounds to charge the mayor with any crime.

Police said the video will come out when Ford's associate and occasional driver, Alexander Lisi, goes to trial on drug and extortion charges. Lisi is accused of threatening two alleged gang members who had been trying to sell the video to the media.

Police have said they want to talk to Ford, but his lawyer has so far declined.

On Sunday, Ford acknowledged making "mistakes" but declined to take aleave of absence or resign.

"I sincerely apologize, there's absolutely no excuse, no one to blame but myself," he said. "I am going to fight like no one has seen before to win the next election" in October 2014.

Later, he told Toronto radio station AM640 in an interview that "I am not a crack addict. I'm not an addict of any type of drug - even alcohol."

All four major Toronto newspapers have called on Ford to resign. Municipal law makes no provision for his forced removal from office unless he's convicted and jailed for a criminal offense.

Even before police announced they had the video, Ford had drawn criticism for erratic behavior.

Ford said Sunday he shouldn't have been drunk in public when he appeared at a street festival in August, calling it "pure stupidity."

He also said he got "a little out of control" after St. Patrick's Day in 2012, when city hall security guards said they witnessed a "very intoxicated" Ford having trouble walking and swearing at aides.

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