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Rob Ford crack video: Lawyer threatens legal action

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Daily News has received e-mails from somebody claiming to be a lawyer for Canadian mayor Rob Ford. We previously discussed discussing the video, and the possibility of displaying it here in the paper — however we must first  discuss our legal options:

The e-mail: From a man identified as Dennis Morris

‘I have been contacted by the office of Mayor Rob Ford, referencing your implication that your paper may decide to run a photo of Ford smoking crack cocaine. Ford has denied the claims, and the existence of the photo, and any postings of any content of Mr. Ford are defamatory and slanderous.  You will be held legally accountable.  Ford has made it clear that no events of smoking any illegal drugs took place.

Govern yourself accordingly,

Dennis Morris

In the video  Ford is clearly seen smoking crack cocaine while hilariously being filmed on a cell-phone. Ironically, this was quite reminiscent of that Miley Cyrus bong video that popped up on the web about a year ago — who remembers the pop-star  smoking the bong in front of a camera and then saying weird things?

In the video, Rob is seen sitting in a chair inside of  a house — with a very visible clear pipe in his hands. In the same room, a slurred almost goaded voice can be heard ranting on about Canadian politics — throwing the word f***** around like its nothing.  Ford, during the rant is seen with the pipe in one hand and a lighter in the other; red faced,  breathing heavily,  hilariously ready to hit-that-pipe folks.

About a minute into the video —  Ford is seen vicariously smoking crack cocaine while incoherently dissing Justin Trudeau. ‘He’s a f**** f**’ (it gets better) while hellish-off-his-rocker Ford is then seen  grabbing for his mobi out of his pocket; only to finally.. almost notice he’s being filmed before telling the cameraman that thing ‘better not f***** be on’.

It must be noted that Ford does indeed by his ‘goodies’ if you will from a drug dealer in Toronto whereas several A-List ‘Torontians’ also do. Including but not limited too:  Close friends, hockey associates, his brother, and even his longtime staff.

 

 

© 2013, Derick Jacobs. All rights reserved.

About Derick Jacobs

Derick Jacobs
Hi, I'm Jacobs. No, I do not have a personal Twitter. I do not believe in social media outside of work. I am the Editor & Chief, and Founder of the Daily News Network. I am a supporter of LGBT Rights, Animal Rights, and Smaller Government. Follow me on Twitter @BendellDNO.
23 comments
BobbyKins
BobbyKins

This is precisely why I was never a fan of the British version of this tabloid. I prefer the American version where adults deliver me my news.

BobbyKins
BobbyKins

The British version* has been known in the past to have trouble with their younger reporters fabricating stories. I can't say 100% sure if this is the case but it's definitely pointing towards that.

MorriganLehman
MorriganLehman

I just have one question.  If they don't have the video, how in the world did they get these details?  I heard Canada.com has already come knocking for the video.

wahwah67
wahwah67

You've published a very detailed description of a video you claim to have in your possession. If you can't produce the video, they SHOULD sue your ass. 

NoDimes4U
NoDimes4U

@wahwah67 I was thinking the same thing.... Get out of my head. It's very clear they've seen it somewhere.. But I don't believe they have it personally.

wahwah67
wahwah67

@NoDimes4U It's interesting that their description of the video has a little more detail than the previous descriptions by Gawker and the Star.....but there's no good reason why they would buy something like this and then sit on it. I'm calling bullshit. 

NoDimes4U
NoDimes4U

@wahwah67 It'd be awfully hard to make something up with details nobody's seen yet. I think they may have 'saw' it but don't actually have it. 

NoDimes4U
NoDimes4U

@wahwah67  Whatever the case may be (and there are probably thousands at this point) who think they have the video the press has already started banging on their doors. Canada.com is in search of that video (allegedly) and want to know how this paper managed to get details not even Gawker nor the Star could get their hands on.

NoDimes4U
NoDimes4U

@wahwah67 Oh good I thought I was the only one who noticed the details were a bit stronger in this news article compared to the last. I noticed a commenter above us was wondering the same thing.  To me, it sounds like they MAY... emphasis on the may... have it. Only think that because of the details thing like you said. 


It'd be virtually impossible for them to have acquired these details without the help of an outside party or simply seeing the video themselves. 


Something doesn't seem right.

ElyParks
ElyParks

I'm gonna safely assume they probably don't have it, or have been forced to shut up about it at the hands of his lawyer. Their American paper  seems to be attempting to downplay the brewing controversy over this article.  Outlets have already begun contacting this paper over their report but have had no success. 

Their U.S paper was quoted as saying 'We are unaware of the authenticity of the claims made by our English counterpart'. I'd assume if their own staffers can't confirm this report, it's probably not true.


This paper just lost a few cool points. Not cool to talk about something that may or may not be true unless your ballsy enough to release the actual footage. I'm on edge though, I kind of and kind of don't believe they may have it. Obviously a good chunk of those who've read this as of thus believe they may have it.

bplenc
bplenc

for the love of all that is good, please release this or shut up about it. we actually really care if this is real in Toronto - stop jerkin' us around... just bc his lawyer says not to post it doesn't mean you shouldn't... it is in the public interest and there is nothing he can do to you for publishing it if it is real.

English101
English101

You BUY goodies. Rob Ford was BY a drug dealer when he smoked crack.

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wahwah67
wahwah67

If you have any credibility, kiss it goodbye if there's no video. So far, everyone in Toronto thinks this is a cheap BS publicity stunt. #provemewrong

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ValeriaBentlee
ValeriaBentlee

The reporter who saw the video has spoken:  My bad, I had pointed fingers at KB as the one saw the video but it wasn't. Kinglsey confirmed on Facebook she got the video but has already been hit with legal warnings if she publishes it. They'll probably hand it off to a gossip rag, more than likely Gawker.

Stacy Lynn Kingsley 

To those who have sent me numerous Facebook messages,

The video described in this mornings Daily News landed in the hands of Daily News while we were covering the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto over the weekend. We had initially intended on releasing the video this morning, however, we had already been hit with notifications of legal action if the video made news.

We had obtained the video from an unidentified party in exchange for monetary gain. Ford's lawyer Dennis Morris has issued notifications to each news outlet that has seen the video; threatening legal action if it is posted. We are currently exploring options.

- Stacy

KingKoopa
KingKoopa

@ValeriaBentlee I'll believe they have the video when and if they release more details from the video.  This does actually seem a bit more legit than the others, and like others have said, their track record is pretty spiffy. So until someone  can get this Kinglsey lady to cough up the video.. We'll have to wait and see. 

(Sounds like they may be headed into a nasty war with Ford sooner rather than later).  God, I kind of hope he responds to this.

$5 says Gawker is twisting in their graves that a British paper beat them to a video they've been drooling over for weeks.  

JessiaLuendez
JessiaLuendez

Ok. Who knows French? Somebody fluent in French tweet @KingBendell  and talk about the video. I e-mailed in asking about the video and it must've been him that responded because it came back in French. Unfortunately, I don't speak French whatsoever.

DennisMorris
DennisMorris

I am Rob Ford's lawyer.  Any postings of this defamatory video will result in legal action against the Daily News. 

Govern yourself accordingly,

Dennis Morris

IvanM
IvanM

I'm gathering the reason why they're delaying release is due in part to the fact the tape is being implicated in an apparent homicide investigation.  Truth be told, they're probably smart. I'd be scared out of my damn mind too, having a video that was filmed in some dead persons house O_O

BMichaels91
BMichaels91

Has anybody made an attempt to catch up with KB?

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BBSockKing
BBSockKing

Should this really be public information?

JasonGraham1
JasonGraham1

@BBSockKing Yes he should be. Don't you think?  It's illegal for any other citizen in Canada to do drugs, and here he is smoking crack cocaine like its nothing