Controversial Toronto Mayor Ford headed to rehab after second crack smoking video surfaces (w/ video)Toronto, CN (CNN) - Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in the spotlight again after reports of a new video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine surfaced. Now, his lawyer says Ford will seek treatment for alcohol abuse.
By: Paula Newton, CNN
Toronto, CN (CNN) - Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in the spotlight again after reports of a new video allegedly showing the mayor smoking crack cocaine surfaced. Now, his lawyer says Ford will seek treatment for alcohol abuse.
Calling it one of the most difficult times in his life, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he is taking a break from his re-election campaign.
This comes after the Toronto Globe & Mail reporting to have seen a new video allegedly showing mayor smoking crack cocaine from a copper colored pipe. The publication saying the video was shot this past Saturday in Ford's sister's apartment, but they can't verify the substance was in fact, crack.
In May of last year, cell phone video was released appearing to show Ford smoking crack cocaine, which he at the time denied and later conceded. This morning his opponents are outraged.
John Tory - Toronto Mayoral Candidate: "For the good of the city, I call on Mayor Ford to resign from his office as mayor."
Mayor Ford released a statement saying in part: "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."
His attorney told CNN that Ford is taking a leave immediately for substance abuse problems. Also, in comments to The Globe, he questioned the authenticity of the video and the motivation behind it.
In March, Ford was recorded stumbling and swearing outside Toronto City Hall. Back in January, Ford admitted to a quote "minor setback" after this rant surfaced. He insisted he had a small amount to drink, but had not taken any drugs.
According to The Globe, the latest video was part of three videos surreptitiously filmed by a drug dealer. The publication says the dealer wants to sell them for "at least six figures." The Globe says, while it didn't buy the video, it did buy three screen shots.