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Rob Ford Admits 'Minor Setback' Behind Odd New Video

01/22/2014 03:21 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Rob Ford has said a "minor setback" in his personal life was behind the release of a video this week showing him ranting incoherently and swearing in Jamaican patois.

But the Toronto mayor insisted at a press conference at city hall on Wednesday that his private life does not interfere with his job and shouldn't impact the work of his fellow city councillors.

"I'm a human being. The same as every one of you. And I'm entitled to a personal life. My personal life does not interfere with the work I do day in and day out for the taxpayers of this great city," he said. "Monday was unfortunate. I had a minor setback. We all experience these difficult bumps in life."

Ford told reporters he would only respond to questions about Toronto's budget, but quickly stormed away.

The mayor admitted this week that the bizarre clip, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, was filmed at a fast-food restaurant the night before. He also confessed he had been drinking.

Ford had vowed he was finished with alcohol after admitting in November to having smoked crack cocaine "in a drunken stupor."

Earlier on Wednesday, Ford got into a scuffle with members of the media after he charged through dozens of reporters and cameramen at city hall in an effort to avoid talking about the embarrassing clip.

A second video was also posted online Tuesday which may show Ford meeting with Alexander Lisi, a friend and an alleged drug dealer who is currently on bail.

The mayor emerged from an executive committee meeting to find journalists crammed in a narrow hallway leading to his office. He ignored questions about alcohol, illegal drugs, and Lisi and, in no time, grew frustrated with reporters.

The mayor started pushing his way through the throng of journalists and sparked a shoving match by grabbing a photographer's lens.

"Stop pushing me man!" Ford yelled.

The Toronto Star has video that captures the hectic moment from another angle.

After the commotion, a Ford staffer scolded journalists for creating a dangerous health and safety hazard.

The mayor's clash with reporters was reminiscent of when Ford's security detail got very physical with reporters after a press conference in November where Ford apologized for making graphic, crude remarks about his wife, Renata.

Ford's security violently shoved members of the press to make way for the mayor and his wife, who apparently opted to exit through the throng of journalists instead of another exit. A cameraman was reportedly punched in the stomach during the melee.

The Toronto mayor also got physical with photographers outside his home in October after bombshell documents were released saying a video showing Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine had been the focus of a police investigation.

With previous files

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