TORONTO, Cananda - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he didn't intend to suggest a Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile during a televised interview with Conrad Black.
Reporter Daniel Dale served Ford with a libel notice last week, demanding the mayor apologize for and retract what Dale called a "false insinuation."
Ford read a statement in council today saying he did not mean to insinuate anything about Dale personally.
He says he apologizes to Dale if his words caused any harm or offence.
During the interview with Black, Ford claimed that Dale was in his backyard in May 2012, "taking pictures of little kids," and Ford added he didn't want to say "that word, but you start thinking what this guy is all about."
Ford later responded to reporters' questions about the remarks by saying he stood by every word, but said today that it's "unfortunate" that the word he never said was "ascribed" to him by the media.
As recently as Monday, Dale had said he was moving forward with his libel lawsuit.
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