TORONTO – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford got into physical and verbal altercations with fellow rehab residents which ultimately resulted in him getting kicked out of a therapy group, according to a report by the Toronto Star.
Multiple sources told the newspaper the mayor was anything but cooperative during his two-month stint at the GreenStone rehabilitation facility in Muskoka.
The report claims Ford was a disruptive presence and refused to work with other patients, which led management to arrange a personal coach to work on his weight loss.
A source also told the newspaper the rehab centre was worried Ford continued to use drugs and alcohol during his stay. However The Star was unable to confirm the validity of the allegation.
The newspaper says the information obtained on Ford’s behaviour came from three people within the facility, including a fellow patient and a staffer.
Names of the individuals were not published.
Ford walked silently past reporters at city hall Wednesday when asked about the report.
His brother Doug Ford however entertained questions from reporters at city hall and said rehab can be tough but insisted his brother was successful.
“When someone goes to rehab, and I know all you guys have your doctorate in rehab at least you think you do, there’s ups and downs,” he said. “Not just rob ford, the vast majority of people have great successes [at Greenestone].”
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At one point during his treatment, The Star revealed a rehab counsellor remarked that Ford “literally had the run of the place” and patients were upset the mayor had “brought his circus with him.”
Ford entered the treatment facility in May after an audio recording of him in a drunken rant, and a photo of a second video in which the mayor appeared to have been smoking crack cocaine, was released by media outlets.
In a handful of interviews the mayor conducted following his return to work from rehab, Ford said his lying, homophobia, sexism and racial slurs were due to his substance abuse issues.
The mayor has since apologized for his “past mistakes” numerous times.
Despite pressure from fellow mayoral candidates to step down as Toronto’s chief magistrate, Ford has said he will maintain his role until the municipal election this fall.
Recent polls suggest the mayor is trailing in third place among voter support behind John Tory and Olivia Chow.