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Purported video of mayor causes stir

on May 18, 2013 10:10 AM

TORONTO (AP) — A video purportedly of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has caused an uproar in Canada. Ford on Friday called the allegations “ridiculous.”

The video has not been released publicly, and there is no way to verify whether it is authentic. Reports by the gossip website Gawker and the Toronto Star said it was taken by a man who claimed he had sold crack to Ford.

The Associated Press hasn’t seen the video.

The conservative mayor of Canada’s largest city refused to take questions Friday.

In brief comments outside his office, he said it was “another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me. And that’s all I’ve got to say for now.”

A lawyer for the colorful, often unscripted Ford didn’t respond to messages seeking comment.

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