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  • 1 May 2014, 6:27

Rob Ford: Crack-Smoking Mayor Seeks Drugs Help

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has announced he will take a leave of absence to seek help for problems with drug use.

The announcement came as a newspaper released images it says show Mr Ford smoking crack cocaine in his sister's basement.

Mr Ford's lawyer Dennis Morris confirmed the leave of absence, adding that his client admits to having a problem with drug abuse.

"He acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem and he wants to do something about it," Mr Morris said.

The Globe and Mail is reporting that two of its reporters have seen video shot by a self-professed drug dealer which shows Mr Ford smoking a "long copper-coloured pipe".

The drug dealer told the newspaper the substance being smoked was crack cocaine.

The footage is reportedly part of "a package of three videos the dealer said was surreptitiously filmed".

The video was shot early on Saturday morning, the newspaper added.

Last year Mr Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine after police obtained a similar video which also appeared to show drug use.

In recent months he has also been filmed knocking over a female councillor, ticketed for jaywalking and accused of paying for an attack on his brother-in-law.

Despite the controversies, Mr Ford launched a re-election campaign earlier this month, vowing to fight for his electorate.

He told those attending a campaign rally in Toronto: "There's been some rocky moments over the past year.

"I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes.

"And when they occur, we learn a lot about ourselves - humility, the kindness of people, and the spirit of second chances."

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