Rob Ford To Enter Rehab For Substance Abuse
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Rob Ford, the infamous mayor of Toronto known for crack cocaine-induced rants and drunken antics, is taking a break from his re-election campaign to seek help for his substance abuse. The decision to get help came mere hours after a new video showing him smoking crack was rumored to have surfaced.
"It's not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life," Ford said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time."
Ford made no reference to smoking crack cocaine even though a previous video from last May allegedly showed him doing just that. That video has never surfaced publicly, and it took Ford months before he admitted to smoking crack in a “drunken stupor.”
But still photos from the new video have gone viral across the Internet and they clearly show Ford holding a pipe. The video was reportedly taken surreptitiously by a drug dealer.
The Toronto mayor skyrocketed to international infamy last year after news broke about the first video. For better or ill, he became an instant celebrity whose over-the-top rants and profanity-laced press conferences became fodder for comedians and pundits alike.
Ford seemed to revel in his celebrity regardless of how it came to be and even sat down with late night host Jimmy Kimmel to bask in his fame. In that interview, Kimmel appeared genuinely concerned about the mayor’s health, which he expressed again on Twitter once news broke of Ford going into rehab.
“All jokes aside, I hope [Ford] really does get the help he obviously needs," Kimmel said.