Second Rob Ford video of the day shows mayor meeting with Sandro Lisi
Monday night was a busy time for amateur videographers at Etobicoke’s Steak Queen restaurant. A shaky mobile-phone video was released to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon showing mayor Rob Ford standing in front of the eatery’s counter on Monday, delivering an expletive-laced rant against police chief Bill Blair in an unexpected Jamaican patois. Now, the Toronto Star has published a second video that reveals that Ford was at the restaurant meeting with friend and former driver Sandro Lisi.
The most recent video—also seemingly shot on a phone—was shot surreptitiously. The lens passes the two men as the videographer walks past their booth en route to the washroom, clearly catching Lisi’s face. After some faux-usage of the loo, the cameraman passes back through the restaurant, revealing the mayor sitting facing his friend. The friends are talking, but what they are saying is incomprehensible. The Star has not specified the source of the video.
Lisi is currently facing extortion for allegedly using “threats or violence or menaces” to force a pair of alleged gang members to turn over the now-infamous clip of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine out of a glass pipe while uttering homophobic comments about Justin Trudeau and racist remarks about the football players he coached at a Toronto high school.
Confronted by reporters earlier today, Ford admitted that he had been drinking on Monday night—an activity he has long claimed to have given up. “I was with some friends and what I do in my personal life and [with] my personal friends, that’s up to me,” Ford told reporters at city hall when they asked about his drinking and his Jamaican accent. “That’s the way I speak with some of my friends. I don’t think it’s discrimitive at all.”