Rob Ford Seeks Help for Substance Abuse Amid Reports of New Crack Video

Rob Ford Seeks Help for Substance Abuse Amid Reports of New Crack Video

Toronto mayor says he is taking a break from campaigning

Rob Ford is finally seeking help.

Two Globe and Mail reporters said they were shown a video of the Toronto mayor smoking what a self-professed drug dealer said was crack cocaine. The newspaper said the video was secretly filmed in his Ford's sister's basement early Saturday morning.

When confronted, Ford said he would take a leave of absence from his duties as mayor and his campaign for re-election.

“I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as Mayor to seek immediate help,” he told the newspaper.

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The self-proclaimed dealer recorded the video, the newspaper said. The dealer was seeking “at least six figures” for the video, one of three he made at around 1:15 Saturday morning. The newspaper said it did not buy the video, but purchased images from it at a lesser cost.

The Globe and Mail said the video shows Ford taking a “drag from a long copper-coloured pipe, exhaling a cloud of smoke and then frantically shaking his right hand.”