POLITICS

Toronto mayor alleged crack cocaine scandal: nine days at a glance

05/24/2013 04:35 EDT | Updated 07/24/2013 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been embroiled for the past week in a scandal involving his alleged use of crack cocaine. A timeline:

May 16: American website Gawker.com and The Toronto Star report seeing a cellphone video taken by a drug dealer apparently showing Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. The reports cannot be verified.

May 17: Ford dismisses the allegations as "ridiculous" and calls them a Star smear job.

May 18: City councillors begin calling on Ford to address the allegations properly. Gawker starts a campaign trying to raise $200,000 to buy the cellphone video.

May 19: Ford cancels his weekly show on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010.

May 20: Late-night TV host Jay Leno mocks Ford, saying to be fair, "there’s not a lot to do in Toronto.”

May 21: Other late-night hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Jon Stewart, make fun of Ford and the scandal.

May 22: Ford's brother, Coun. Doug Ford, blasts the media and Gawker, and defends the mayor.

May 23: Ford's chief of staff Mark Towhey leaves job, escorted from city hall by security.

May 24: Ford breaks silence to deny he uses crack cocaine and lambaste the media. He takes no questions.