Rob Ford. Photo by Reuters
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained global notoriety after
admitting to smoking crack cocaine, will take a break to deal
with substance abuse issues, his lawyer told Canadian media, as
one newspaper reported a new video showed him using what
appears to be drugs.
The Globe and Mail newspaper said that two of its reporters
had seen a new video of Ford taking a drag from a long
copper-coloured pipe. The story, citing a self-professed drug
dealer, said the video was secretly filmed early Saturday
Ford's office and lawyer could not immediately be reached to
comment on the report.
Reuters has not seen the video and cannot vouch for its
The newspaper also quoted Ford's criminal lawyer, Dennis
Morris, as saying Ford will take a break from his job to
"address the substance abuse problem he has."
Separately, the Toronto Sun newspaper reported that Ford had
said he will take a break from his re-election campaign and
The Sun said it obtained a new audio recording of Ford
ranting and swearing in a Toronto area bar.
Ford said he wants to "deal with his issues" but is being
urged to not leave the mayoral race by people around him and
plans to stay on the ballot, according to that report.