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In the News: Toronto ‘Crack Mayor’ Rob Ford to Head to Rehab After New Video Surfaces

In the News: Toronto ‘Crack Mayor’ Rob Ford to Head to Rehab After New Video Surfaces


Toronto Crack Mayor Rob Ford is in the news again but, it’s not what you think. OK, it’s partially what you think. Yes, Ford was secretly taped – yet again – as he used illicit drugs but, this latest chapter in the scandal that is Rob Ford’s life is that the mayor has finally agreed to get help.

Mayor Ford, an admitted crack user and obvious heavy drinker has been in the news a lot, and not because of his politics.  He’s been secretly taped a couple of times in the past, allegedly smoking crack and clearly inebriated, and has refused to step down from office. Ford’s usual response to being confronted is one of anger, belligerence, and vulgarity. But, it seems that the light bulb has finally been illuminated.

He relented Wednesday after it was revealed that another video was captured, in which the mayor can be seen smoking crack. Rob Ford, who has been plagued by scandal since reports of him smoking crack-cocaine first surfaced last May, when the existence of a video showing him getting high was made known. At first, Ford denied being a crackhead but, even though the video was never made public, Ford eventually admitted he had smoked crack. The mayor made a statement Wednesday in which he said he will be taking a leave of absence and will suspend his reelection campaign so he can “deal with his issues.”

Ford’s decision to step away from his reelection campaign was announced Wednesday night, as a Toronto newspaper revealed the existence of a new videotape of him getting high.

Although it has not yet been released – apparently the admitted drug dealer who made the video is holding out for a six-figure payday – an audio clip, secretly made Monday night supposedly recorded a drunken Ford out at a bar. The Sun reported Wednesday that it had obtained an audiotape of an “unruly” Ford ranting and cursing while ordering alcohol at a bar in Toronto on Monday. In the audiotape, Ford seems to come unhinged.

Reporters at Toronto’s Globe and Mail did view the video that was clandestinely filmed about 1:15 a.m. Saturday in the basement of a home owned by Ford’s sister, Kathy, who is also an admitted drug addict and who was present during incident.

Although the video has not been released, a still image from it that shows Ford handling a pipe, exhaling a cloud of smoke and frantically shaking his right hand has been made public.

In the News: Toronto ‘Crack Mayor’ Rob Ford to Head to Rehab After New Video Surfaces

Ford seems to be sincere in wanting to get help, rather than simply trying to save face. “I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time,” Ford said in his statement. “I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.”

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