TORONTO - New allegations have surfaced that Toronto's crack-smoking mayor also snorted cocaine and partied with a possible prostitute, as the city council voted to ask him to stand aside.
An Ontario judge decided Wednesday to release additional information from the police investigation into Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who defiantly refuses to step down as leader of Canada's largest city.
At the first city council meeting since Ford admitted last week to once smoking crack in a "drunken stupor," the mayor said he had purchased illicit drugs in the past two years. But he again denied being an addict. The council's motion seeking that he step aside was non-binding, as it cannot oust him.
The new documents suggest Ford had consumed the pain killer Oxycontin, consorted with sex workers, drove while inebriated and used his staffers to purchase alcohol, among other irregularities.
The nearly 500-page document holds months' worth of allegations that have not yet been proven in court and were used to obtain a search warrant in an investigation targeting alleged drug dealer Alessandro Lisi.
In it, Earl Provost - Ford's current chief of staff - and former staffers Brooks Barnett and Isaac Ransom paint a vivid picture of one night in particular: St. Patrick's Day in 2012.
The three were among revelers with Ford, who started the party at the Mayor's City Hall office. When Ransom arrived, he saw a petite blonde blue-eyed woman named Alana, who he said he believed was a sex worker.
Ransom told police that there had been rumours that Ford "had used escorts or prostitutes," that Alana had previously seen with Ford "at a stag party," and that she had hash and marijuana. He adds that Ford wanted to use the drugs with Alana, but staffers prevented him.