Rob Ford is even more offensive and embarrassing than you thought

The Toronto mayor's behavior suggests a performance artist exploring the limits of political discourse

By Alex Halperin

Published November 14, 2013 4:22PM (EST)

Toronto's embattled/embarrassing Mayor Rob Ford confessed to drinking and driving, announced he would be suing former staffers and denied sexually harassing a former staffer with language that left reporters "gasping."

He was wearing a jersey for the Argos [Argonauts], Toronto's Canadian Football League franchise, during the impromptu presser and also took the time to endorse a victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this weekend.

According to the National Post:

He was particularly angry about his staffers telling police that they thought a young friend of his was a prostitute.

“I don’t appreciate people calling Alana a prostitute, I never had a prostitute here, I’m very happily married at home,” he said. “She’s a friend and it makes me sick that people are saying this.”

It went on:

Ford then said he never said “I want to eat your pussy” to a former female staffer, an allegation contained in the court document.

“I’m happily married, I have more than enough to eat at home,” he said, drawing gasps from the reporters gathered around his office.

Alex Halperin

Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.

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