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Reports Confirm That Rob Ford Is in Rehab, Racist

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The beginning of the weekend brought a couple of new developments on the increasingly depressing Rob Ford front. First, as promised by Ford’s brother, Doug, on Friday, the world received some proof that the crack mayor is, in fact, in rehab — and not just calling journalists from a Tim Horton’s, as recent rumors have suggested. The doctor who is supervising Ford’s “amazing” treatment called CBC to say that his infamous patient “arrived at the facility late on the night of May 1 and has been enrolled in an in-patient program there ever since. Ford left the facility May 3 after a medical exam and was taken to a hospital where he was admitted for four days before returning to the treatment centre on May 7.” The physician, whose name and place of business are being withheld for obvious reasons, added that he had “every assurance and confidence [Ford] was nowhere else.” CBC reported that several other employees from the rehab confirmed Ford’s presence there.

Meanwhile, the Toronto Star released an account of one of Ford’s crazy, pre-rehab nights. The piece is based on yet another recording made of the Toronto mayor while he was inebriated. (His party buddies are apparently the least loyal people on earth.) There’s no video this time, but the audio is plenty awful: A drunk (and driving) Ford, who has racist things in public on a number of occasions, can be heard insisting, “Nobody sticks up for people like I do, every fucking k–e, n—-r, fucking w-p, d-go, whatever the race. Nobody does. I’m the most racist guy around. I’m the mayor of Toronto.”

Later, according to the Star’s source, Ford invited some of his male friends to have sex with his wife, Renata, who they encountered when they went back to his house. “It’s okay,” Ford assured his pals. “She lets me fuck girls in front of her all the time.” (The paper reports that Renata told the guys that her husband is “a fucking idiot.”) So, to review, in case it was somehow unclear before: This guy needs treatment, and then the people of Toronto need to make sure that he never allowed to be in charge of anything ever again.

Reports Confirm That Ford Is in Rehab, Racist