Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Takes Leave of Absence as Photo Emerges crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford announced Wednesday he is taking a leave of absence to enter rehab after a new photo emerged showing the troubled politician with a copper pipe.
The image was a taken from a video that shows Ford smoking, inhaling and "frantically shaking his right hand," according to the Globe and Mail. The Canadian newspaper said its reporters had watched the footage and confirmed it had purchased five photos.
NBC News could not independently confirm the authenticity or content of the tape.
The Globe and Mail published still photos of the incident and alleged that the self-confessed drug dealer who sold them said Ford was smoking crack cocaine.
The national newspaper reported the film was one of three surreptitiously shot in the basement of the mayor's sister's home at 1:15 a.m. on Saturday.