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TODAY   |  November 06, 2013

Toronto mayor admits to smoking crack cocaine

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, 44, admitted Tuesday that he smoked crack cocaine, but said he will not step down. NBC News’ Stephanie Gosk reports.

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>> story that can only be described as a doozy out of canada.

>> yeah. it certainly is shaking up political's political world . toronto 's mayor finally coming clean over serious drug use allegations. rob ford admitted on tuesday he smoked crack about a year ago. stephanie gosk has detailed.

>> reporter: there were more than a few people in the room who thought this would be a resignation.

>> i sincerely, sincerely, sincerely apologize.

>> but for now, toronto mayor rob ford isn't going anywhere.

>> i love my job. i love the city.

>> reporter: the 44-year-old mayor of canada's largest city admits he smoked crack cocaine .

>> yes, i have smoked crack cocaine .

>> when?

>> do i? am i an addict? no. have i tried it? probably in a drunken stooper.

>> reporter: but last may when the allegations first surfaced, this was mayor ford's response.

>> i do not use crack cocaine .

>> reporter: they reported the existence of a video showing a man who appeared to be ford with a crack pipe in his hand.

>> we had been reporting on the mayor's erratic personal life for a year and a half.

>> reporter: investigators have the video, too. the police chief said he was disappointed when he saw it. ford did not face criminal charges but there are plenty of calls for him to step down.

>> they have to get rid of him. he's bringing the city down.

>> reporter: but all the residents of toronto got was a mea culpa and this promise.

>> these mistakes will never, ever, ever happen again.

>> reporter: in a city not used to scandal, the damage may already be done. stephanie gosk, nbc news, new york.