Toronto mayor is all smiles as he shows up for work and ignores the crush of reporters after the fallout from 'video showing him smoking crack cocaine'

By Daily Mail Reporter


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford looked at ease on Tuesday, his first time attending a public function since allegations emerged last week that he had been filmed smoking crack cocaine.

The mayor failed to address the scandal surrounding the footage, attending instead to official business at a city council meeting.

His colleagues on Tuesday were among those calling on the Toronto politician to respond to the allegations but his spokesman said Mayor Ford has no plans to address the scandal.

Back in the spotlight

Back in the spotlight: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford attended a city council meeting in Toronto on Tuesday, emerging from hiding after allegations he was filmed doing drugs in a video

At ease:

At ease: The Toronto politician failed to address questions over the scandal but his colleagues are demanding that he answer questions

The mayor of Canada's largest city is facing allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, and made racial and homophobic slurs on video.

An editor from Gawker and two reporters from the Toronto Star said separately they saw a cellphone video that appeared to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The footage has not yet been released to the public.


Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said investigators were 'monitoring the situation closely.'

The Star said that two reporters watched a video that appears to show Ford, sitting in a chair, inhaling from what appears to be a glass crack pipe.

The Star also reported that Ford made an anti-gay slur against the leader of the federal Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

Riding the storm:

Waves of scandal: Though the mayor has laughed off the claims surrounding the video, the footage allegedly shows him laughing while holding what appears to be a crack pipe

Gawker editor John Cook said the video is well-lit and alleges that Ford is seen laughing while holding what appears to be a crack pipe.

Both Gawker and the Star say the video is being shopped around by people with connections to the drug trade.

In an effort buy the video and post it online, Gawker launched a 'Crackstarter' campaign last week to raise $200,000. It has so far raised more than $76,000.

The mayor called the allegations 'ridiculous' last week but has not expressly denied the existence of the video or the alleged activity.

His fellow Councillors are among those calling for Ford to address the scandal. 

'The whole situation begs for clarity, and I’m hoping the mayor will be forthright,' Councillor John Parker told The Globe and Mail.

'Brushing off the allegations with a quick one-liner will not suit this situation.'

Ford attended the Tuesday hearing about his proposal to build a casino in downtown Casino.

Last week, Ford's lawyer, Dennis Morris, told the Toronto Sun that the mayor is denying 'any such allegation.'

'We're just trying to see whether or not such a video exists and whether or not any video has been doctored or altered,' Morris told the Toronto Sun.

Ford, who is no stranger to controversy, was elected mayor of Toronto more than two years ago after serving as a Councillor for 10 years.