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Toronto’s ‘scandal mayor’: World media weigh in on Rob Ford Add to ...

German media have dubbed him the Skandalbürgermeister; in Sweden, he’s the borgmästarskandaler. Both translate as “scandal mayor,” and on Thursday, many international media were applying that description to Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford.

New footage, provided by a self-professed drug dealer, shows the mayor smoking a pipe that the dealer alleges to contain crack cocaine, The Globe reported Wednesday. The mayor announced he will take a leave from his mayoral campaign.

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The U.S. website Gawker also posted photos from the Ford video on Wednesday, saying a man named Jermaine had contacted them, and that they later spoke with another man who offered to sell them the video for a “six-figure” sum.

The new video wasn't the only Rob Ford news to emerge Wednesday. The Toronto Sun posted an audio recording, which it said was covertly recorded at the Etobicoke restaurant Sullie Gormans, in which the mayor swore and made lewd remarks about mayoral rival Karen Stintz.

The Toronto Star reported on a March 15 party where the mayor drank to excess at Muzik nightclub, was entertained by paid party hostesses and was described by eyewitnesses as doing drugs. Mr. Ford also ran into pop star Justin Bieber, and became enraged when Mr. Bieber asked him jokingly: "Did you bring any crack to smoke?"





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