TORONTO, Canada - Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dug himself further into scandal by using crude, graphic language to deny claims he asked to perform oral sex on an aide.
Ford, under fire for admitting using crack and allegedly abusing a prescription drug and other misconduct, drew gasps, giggles and at least one exclamation of "oh, my God" from reporters with his remarks Thursday outside his office.
He later apologised, but it did not seem to do any good.
At a city council meeting, many councilors turned their backs on Ford when he stood to speak. One chided him for his "disgraceful language."
While speaking to reporters, Ford threatened to sue former staffers and others for telling police they witnessed him allegedly snorting cocaine, and partying with a possible prostitute.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne hinted for the first time she was weighing solutions to the crisis gripping her province's capital, including legislation to possibly oust the mayor.
Ford - who has admitted smoking crack cocaine - angrily doubled down amid the latest allegations, which also suggest he abused the painkiller Oxycontin, drove while drunk and sent staffers to buy alcohol.
"It's unfortunate I have to take legal action," Ford told the reporters outside his office. He branded the latest allegations "outright lies" and vowed to begin litigation shortly.
The claims were revealed in months of police interviews released Wednesday that were used to obtain a search warrant in an investigation of Ford's friend Alessandro Lisi, who faces drug and extortion charges.
The leader of Canada's largest city and financial hub has seen his credibility plummet ever since admitting he once smoked crack while in a "drunken stupor." Ford also has a history of erratic public behaviour.