May 22, 2013
By Scott Walker
Supporters and opponents of Toronto’s mayor are urging him to address the alleged video that claims to show him smoking crack cocaine.
Ford took part in the debate that saw Toronto reject a casino yesterday, but he avoided reporters’ questions on the allegations.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday says he has heard that the Mayor is keeping silent on the advice of lawyers. But he is joining others in calling for the mayor to address the issue.
The only comment Ford has made was to call the story “ridiculous” when it first surfaced late last week.
The story has been great fodder for late-night TV shows in the United States. Both John Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel aired segments on the story.
Two Toronto Star reporters and the U.S. based website gawker.com claim to have seen the video which allegedly shows Rob Ford smoking crack and making anti-gay slurs about Justin Trudeau and racist comments about members of the high school football team he coaches.