After Reported Crack Video, Toronto Mayor’s Troubles Mount

Source: Colleen Curry / ABC News

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is facing a whirlwind of troubles this week as top staffers have departed amid reports that members of Ford’s family had ties to drug dealing and questions about a purported video supposedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine.

Ford’s problems began earlier this month with the purported video said to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine out of a glass pipe.

On May 16, the Toronto Star newspaper and the gossip website Gawker reported that Ford was captured on video smoking crack. Reporters from both outlets said they had seen the video and that it clearly was Ford lighting and smoking the pipe.

Ford denied the video existed and said he does not smoke crack cocaine. His office did not return requests for comment from ABC News.

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