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TORONTO (AP) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take a leave of absence to seek help for substance abuse, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Dennis Morris said he spoke to Ford earlier Wednesday and said Ford has accepted that he has a problem.

He acknowledges he has a substance abuse problem and he wants to do something about it, Morris told The Associated Press.

Ford, who is seeking re-election in the October election, acknowledged last year after months of denials that he smoked crack in a drunken stupor after police said they obtained a video that appears to show him smoking crack. The video has never been released to the public.

News reports of the crack video's existence first surfaced last May, igniting a media firestorm around Ford. He careened from one scandal to another, becoming a national embarrassment for many Canadians.

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