According to Gawker correspondent John Cook, an unidentified person shot a video of Ford allegedly smoking crack cocaine. The person is now looking to sell the video for a six-digit figure.
Cook goes on to describe a journey he took to Toronto in an attempt to buy the video. He met a man who claims to have shot the video and watched the footage on a touch-screen cell phone while sitting in a car outside a housing project somewhere near the airport.
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Here are a couple of significant claims made in the Gawker piece:
- The video was shot in the last six months
- Ford allegedly purchases crack cocaine from a dealer who is popular with the city's elite, allegedly including some of Ford’s staff members and his brother, as well as a "prominent hockey analyst."
- A Canadian news agency allegedly offered $40,000 for the video, but was told it wasn't enough. The owner wanted to sell it for six figures.
The full story is pretty complicated and worth a read. There is no evidence corroborating the allegations Cook makes, outside of what he has brought to the table. And these allegations, as damning as they appear, should only be viewed as unconfirmed accusations.
It should be noted that former mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson alleged Ford appeared to be on cocaine during a party in March, at which she claimed he grabbed her rear end.
Ford called her a liar and demanded an apology.
It appears Gawker and its sister-site Deadspin have recently taken notice of Ford and his antics. The sites have published stories on his foibles several times in recent months, including his recent run-in with a video camera and the time he posed for a photograph at McDonalds with someone dressed in a Hamburglar outfit.