TORONTO -- Rob Ford was intoxicated at work, drank while driving and associated with suspected prostitutes, former staffers allege in a court document released hours after the mayor admitted buying illegal drugs while in office.

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TORONTO -- Rob Ford was intoxicated at work, drank while driving and associated with suspected prostitutes, former staffers allege in a court document released hours after the mayor admitted buying illegal drugs while in office.

The shocking claims come from interviews police conducted as part of their investigation into a video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.

The previously redacted information -- which contains allegations not proven in court -- was released days after Ford himself proclaimed he had nothing left to hide. It suggests staff members were concerned their often erratic boss was abusing alcohol and drugs.

Ford ended months of denials last week with his stunning admission he had smoked crack cocaine while in office, saying he had likely tried it in one of his "drunken stupors."

Many of his former staffers told police they thought the mayor was an alcoholic, something Ford has denied.

The mayor refused to comment Wednesday when asked about the latest allegations, instead telling reporters to "be very careful on what you write."

The document revealed police were looking into the possibility the so-called crack video was on the cellphone of Anthony Smith -- a man photographed with Ford and two alleged gang members outside a home police allege is a "crack house."

Smith was killed outside a club in late March and the police allegations reveal his cellphone "was stolen at the time of his murder."

One former Ford staffer told police the mayor had told him he knew Smith, the police document shows. Another staffer told police Ford did not know Smith.

Mayor Rob Ford said he ‘effed up,’ admitting he had bought illicit drugs in the past two years

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Mayor Rob Ford said he ‘effed up,’ admitting he had bought illicit drugs in the past two years

During a heated city council debate over a motion urging Ford to take a leave of absence Wednesday, Ford denied the home is a "crack house" and said the meeting with the three men was a "one-off."

City council voted overwhelmingly in support of the motion, but it is non-binding and despite mounting pressure for him to resign or step aside, Ford said he's not going anywhere.

"I really effed up," Ford said, not long after admitting he had purchased illegal drugs in the past two years.

World media followed the raucous debate, which twice had to be shut down because it erupted in shouts and jeers and saw Ford asking for all councillors to undergo drug and alcohol testing -- with both CNN and ABC carrying part of it live.

Ford has insisted his admitted substance use has not affected his work, but according to the document some former staffers told police they had seen him use drugs, drunk on the job, missing hours and even days of work and essentially working part-time. One ex-staffer described the mayor's working hours as 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ford goes "M.I.A." when he's "under the influence," one staffer told police. The mayor missed work and cancelled appointments at the beginning of his term, the documents say. The ex-employees, many of whom left in the wake of Toronto Star and Gawker reports of the crack video, had never seen him using crack cocaine, but several reported his marijuana use.

Several of the staffers' allegations centre around the night of St. Patrick's Day last year, where, according to the document, a former staffer told police he saw Ford with another staffer, a friend and a young, blond woman named Alana who he thought was "an escort or a prostitute." The document says ex-staffer Isaac Ransom told police the same woman had been seen with Ford at a stag party.

Ransom told police Ford was drinking from a 40-ounce bottle of Smirnoff vodka and by the time he arrived at the mayor's office that night around 9 p.m. half of it was gone, the document says.

"Mayor Ford was totally out of it and had obviously been drinking," Ransom told police.

 

-- The Canadian Press