The Star reported that two journalists had watched a video that appears to show Ford, sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe. The Star said it did not obtain the video or pay to watch it. Gawker and the Star said the video was shown to them by a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum.
Another leading Canadian newspaper published Saturday the results of what it called a lengthy investigation into the Ford family’s past that revealed “a portrait of a family once deeply immersed in the illegal drug scene.”
The Globe and Mail, citing anonymous sources who were involved in the drug trade, alleged that the mayor’s older brother, Doug Ford, sold hashish for several years in the 1980s in the wealthy Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, where the family grew up.
Doug Ford, 48, is a Toronto city council member and influential adviser to the mayor. His lawyer, Gavin Tighe, told the newspaper that the allegations were false. On Saturday, Doug Ford, in an interview with the Global News cable TV network, called the Globe and Mail report “a bunch of sleazy, sleazy journalism.”
The Star also reported that Rob Ford allegedly made a racist remark about the high school football students he coached.