A CBC report claiming that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly wielded some salty language during a Monday 911 call has been disputed.
In a story posted Thursday morning, CBC cited sources who claimed the mayor called dispatchers "bitches," and demanded "Don't you f--king know? I'm Rob f--king Ford, the mayor of this city!"
A few hours later, the mayor responded with a statement where he apologized for using profanity, but insisted the coarse language was used out of frustration and never as an insult.
"When I made the 911 call, I was concerned and upset," the statement reads.
"I was repeatedly told police were arriving soon. In another call, I expressed frustration with the delay and said that I had to leave to go to City Hall. I did use the 'f-word' at some point as I expressed my frustration with the situation. After being attacked in my driveway, I hope I can be excused for saying the f-word. I never called anyone any names. I apologize for expressing my frustration inappropriately."
Coun. Doug Ford, defended his brother in an interview with The Toronto Star while also confirming profanity was used during the call.
“It’s not as bad as we thought,” Coun. Ford said. “He did not call anyone a bitch, he did not say “I’m the mayor of f---ing Toronto.” He did get pissed off on the third call with 911 and said, “This is f---ing ridiculous,” and that’s all he said.
The councillor said Ford was polite during two initial calls to 911, but when a third dispatcher phoned back "with a little attitude," that's when things escalated.
“He was polite on the first two calls. The second time he gets a different dispatcher and then the third time a dispatcher called back with a little attitude, ‘We’re going to treat you like anyone else’, but Rob never asked for special treatment, and then he says, “This is f---ing ridiculous."
Ford ally, Coun. George Mammoliti, also told CBC reporters staked outside the mayor's office this morning that the public broadcaster owed the mayor an apology.
Ford phoned 911 Monday morning when a crew from CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes approached him in his driveway, although the two sides have given different accounts of what happened outside the mayor's house.
"I came out of my house and I was ambushed," Ford, who has been the target of death threats in the past, told reporters Monday, adding it was still dark outside and that he was accompanied by his five-year-old daughter.
However, Mary Walsh, who approached the mayor in costume as her Marg, Warrior Princess character, took odds with the mayor's version of events.
"There was no child at all," Walsh told The Star. "I mean was she inside his suit jacket? We never saw any children." A clip that aired later on CBC showed there were no children in the driveway and that it was no longer dark.
Walsh said Ford retreated into his house, then later emerged with a phone while he called 911.
"I'm a 60-year-old woman with a plastic sword," she said. "I was just going to give him some friendly advice."