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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he didn't intend to suggest Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he didn't intend to suggest a Toronto Star reporter is a pedophile in a recent television interview.

Ford said Tuesday it is "unfortunate that the word I did not say has been ascribed to me by the media but I wish to sincerely apologize."

Dale served Ford with a libel notice last week, demanding Ford apologize.

Ford, who admitted last month to smoking crack "in a drunken stupor," appeared on a Vision TV interview and accused Dale of taking pictures of his little kids.

Ford's insinuation was related to an instance when Dale was close to Ford's house in May 2012, investigating a plot of public land adjacent to Ford's home that the mayor wanted to buy.