Trying to explain a taped phone conversation between himself and an HIV-positive man, Councillor Rob Ford says he feels “set up” by someone who doesn’t want him to be mayor.
“I said what I needed to say to get this person off the phone without provoking him,” Ford told reporters at a news conference yesterday. “I feared for my family.”
In the June 4 recording, Dieter Doneit-Henderson, who also has the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia, asks Ford to get him the powerful painkiller OxyContin on the street. Ford seems to entertain the request.
“Why don’t you go on the street and score it?” Mr. Ford can be heard saying on the tape.
“Leave this with me … I have no idea. I don’t know any drug dealers at all … I’ll bet my life I won’t be able to help you out.”
Doneit-Henderson gave the Toronto Star access to the recording June 5. “He threw me for a real loop,” Ford said at the time. “I felt bad for the guy. Of course I’m not going to go out and buy drugs for the guy.” The Star made a judgment not to publish.
On Thursday, after the Toronto Sun published excerpts of the call, Ford said the interactions with Doneit-Henderson had made him scared for his family, so he formally complained to police at 22 Division on Tuesday.
In an interview Wednesday night, Doneit-Henderson called the allegations against him absurd.