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Doctor confirms Rob Ford is in treatment facility: media report

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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The location of Rob Ford remains unknown.

His brother, Councillor Doug Ford, had promised to issue a statement on Friday that would prove the mayor is in rehab, but instead, late in the evening, the CBC reported that, according to a doctor, Rob Ford is being treated at an undisclosed facility.

The CBC quoted Councillor Ford as saying he struck a deal with the public broadcaster in the hopes of ending speculation about whether his brother is in treatment. As part of the agreement, CBC is not identifying the doctor or the treatment facility. The doctor said Mayor Ford arrived at the facility last Thursday night and has been enrolled in an in-patient program ever since. Mr. Ford left the facility last Saturday after a medical exam and was taken to hospital and admitted for four days before returning on May 7, escorted, to the treatment facility, the doctor said.

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The report follows the revelation of a new short video, obtained by the The Toronto Sun, in which the mayor talks about hitting someone and says his marriage is in trouble.

The video was shot at a west-end bar on Weston Road on April 27, the paper said. It was during that same period that two other recordings of the mayor were made: a video seen by The Globe of Mr. Ford smoking what has been described as crack cocaine on April 26, and an audio file obtained by The Sun of Mr. Ford uttering lewd, racist remarks in a bar on April 28.

The two recordings, which were made public on April 30, forced Mr. Ford to announce he would take a leave of absence to seek treatment for his drinking.

In the latest video, which lasts 47 seconds, Mr. Ford, in necktie and white shirt, walks around a bar. Waving his arms, he talks in an agitated fashion without looking at anyone in particular.

"I'm going to kick him in the [expletive] head … I'll knock him out, pah-pow!" he says as he punches the air.

"That's a cute one," a man with a baseball cap says as he puts his arm on Mr. Ford's shoulders.

"Jack, Jack, Jack, sweetheart, Jack," Mr. Ford says, rubbing his stomach.

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"It's last call," a woman's voice is heard saying.

"Okay, I'm out of here, I'm in [expletive] divorce and going to the [expletive] doghouse," Mr. Ford says. "I'm going to a hotel. I'm at [expletive] loose ends."

Mr. Ford's presence in a treatment centre has been questioned because he turned back after flying to Chicago last week, then gave two interviews on two consecutive days with The Sun.

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