Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologized to Canadians after admitting smoking crack cocaine.
Ford battled tears on Tuesday, telling reporters he is embarrassed and ashamed that he let down the people of Toronto.
He said this mistake will never happen again and said he will continue serving as mayor of Canada's biggest city at least until next year's election.
Ford initially denied all allegations. He was finally forced to admit trying crack after police obtained a video showing the mayor smoking. The Toronto Star newspaper and a gossip-oriented U.S. website called Gawker first reported the existence of the tape in May.
Ford said he is not a drug addict. He said he tried crack about a year ago, probably during what he described as "one of my drunken stupors."
Ford and his brother, Doug, a Toronto city councilor, have called for the police to release the video. But police say that is prohibited, because it is evidence before the courts as part of an investigation into extortion charges against one of the mayor's associates.