TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Dennis Morris said he spoke to Ford earlier Wednesday and said Ford has accepted that he has a problem.
“He acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem and he wants to do something about it,” Morris told The Associated Press.
The Globe and Mail is reporting that a new video of Ford smoking what has been described as crack cocaine – allegedly filmed early Saturday morning in his sister’s apartment – has come to light. The newspaper said a self-professed drug dealer is offering to sell the footage to media outlets for “at least six figures.”
Ford, who is seeking re-election in the October election, acknowledged last year after months of denials that he smoked crack in a “drunken stupor” after police said they obtained a video that appears to show him smoking crack. The video has never been released to the public.
News reports of the crack video’s existence first surfaced last May, igniting a media firestorm around Ford. He careened from one scandal to another, becoming a national embarrassment for many Canadians.