Staffers in Rob Ford’s office had concerns about drug and alcohol use by the mayor, according to newly released police documents. Here are some key moments from interviews police conducted with several former Ford staffers. None of these allegations have been proven in court.
In police interviews, former staffers told investigators they were often asked by the mayor to perform personal tasks for him. Former staffer Kia Nejatian told police he would buy alcohol – vodka – for Mr. Ford about twice a week. Chris Fickel, another former staffer, said that in the six months he worked for the mayor, he bought alcohol for him between 7 and 10 times.
Mr. Nejatian said the mayor would sometimes call him late at night to ask him to change his light bulbs, or to help his wife with the computer. Mr. Fickel said he also received similar requests: to change batteries in the mayor’s children’s toys, buy cigarettes, or Diet Coke for the mayor’s wife.
Former Ford staffers also alleged the mayor would sometimes drive while intoxicated. In one incident, Mr. Fickel said, the mayor pulled over in his Escalade in the fall of 2012. Mr. Fickel said the mayor grabbed a fresh bottle of vodka, and “drank the 11- or 12-oz mickey in 1 1/2 to 2 minutes going back and forth with a Gatorade.” Mr. Fickel asked to get out of the car before the mayor drove away, he said.
BIER MARKT – ST. PATRICK’S DAY, 2012
Former staffer Isaac Ransom told police he discovered the mayor had consumed a lot of vodka at his office, and was talking “about getting hammered, going out, then getting laid.”
En route to the bar, Mr. Ransom said, other staffers said that the mayor made derogatory racial remarks and “threw business cards” at the cab driver.
Throughout the night, Mr. Ransom said, Mr. Ford was “tired and erratic.” At one point, he berated staffers, calling them “Liberal hacks.” Later, Mr. Ransom said, the mayor pushed staffer Earl Provost into a wall, then charged at staffer Brooks Barnett.
While at the bar, according to a Bier Markt employee interviewed by police, the mayor and a woman were seen “turned in towards each other with their heads down and back from the table and he heard 2 ‘sniffs’ from both of them.” The Bier Markt employee said a Ford staffer later told him not to tell anyone what he’d seen that night.
According to Mr. Ransom and Mr. Fickle, the mayor returned to City Hall that night with staff, as well as a woman described in the document as “a professional escort who knew Mayor Ford well.”
ANTHONY SMITH CONNECTION
In an interview with police, former Ford spokesperson George Christopoulos told investigators that the mayor had indicated “he knew Anthony Smith,” but didn’t mention how. In the past, the mayor and his lawyer have denied that Mr. Ford knew Mr. Smith, 21, who was gunned down in front of a downtown Toronto nightclub in March. On Wednesday, Mr. Ford told city council that he met Mr. Smith and the other men in the now-famous photo, which was circulated alongside the first reports of the crack video, only on the night it was taken and never saw them again.
The other men who appear in that photograph, Mohammad Khattak and Monir Kasim, were both arrested in Project Traveller.