TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denies allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, his lawyer told the Toronto Sun
Reporters for the Toronto Star
, a rival Canadian newspaper, and Gawker Media, a US media outlet, said they had seen a video that appears to show Ford smoking crack.The lawyer, Dennis Morris, told the Toronto Sun
that the mayor is denying "any such allegation."
The video is allegedly being shopped around for $100,000 by people said to be involved in the drug trade. Reuters could not independently confirm the existence of the video.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said he has not spoken with Ford since the allegations surfaced, but he told reporters he stands by the mayor.
"Certainly, at this point, we all know that videos can be altered and we certainly know that drug dealers can't be trusted," he said at Toronto City Hall. "So I don't know what we're dealing with here, and until we do, I don't really have much to say."