Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said that he is taking a break from his campaign to seek help for alcohol abuse, he said in a statement Wednesday.
The news comes after a local newspaper published stills from a new Rob Ford crack video (below) and a Toronto bar patron recorded him drunkenly rambling Monday.
In the case of the latter, the oft-troubled mayor was ranting about a political opponent and was reportedly heard saying he'd like to "f--king jam her."
Ford told a Toronto columnist he is "ready to take a break" and "get help" and "it's not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life."
Ford went on to add, "I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time."
The statement followed the Toronto Globe and Mail reporting on Ford smoking what a drug dealer described to the paper as crack cocaine from a copper pipe.
It was shot in what appears to be Ford's sister's basement, according to the publication. The paper said the substance in the pipe could not be confirmed.