Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s newly announced leave of absence may not be as genuine as it seems, according to a report from Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.
The paper reported that a new video, allegedly recorded on April 26, depicts Ford smoking crack cocaine. The story said two different reporters from the paper viewed the video, which was provided by a “self-professed drug dealer.”
The report comes on the same night when Ford’s lawyer announced the embattled politician would take a leave of absence from his mayoral re-election campaign in order to seek help for substance abuse.
From the Globe and Mail:
The clip, which was viewed by two Globe and Mail reporters, shows Mr. Ford taking a drag from a long copper-coloured pipe, exhaling a cloud of smoke, his right arm convulsing. The footage is part of a package of three videos the dealer said was surreptitiously filmed around 1:15 a.m., and which he says he is now selling for "at least six figures."
Mr. Ford declined to answer questions from The Globe and Mail. Less than an hour after The Globe asked the mayor for comment, his lawyer, Dennis Morris, said Mr. Ford is planning to "take a break" from the mayoral election.
Despite being criticized for his alleged substance abuse issues, Ford has refused to resign from his post as Toronto’s mayor and is adamant that his record shows he deserves to be re-elected.