Rob Ford not in Chicago, reports say, but lawyer insists mayor is in rehab

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TORONTO - Reports say Rob Ford did not officially enter the U.S. when he flew to Chicago last week after taking a leave of absence as Toronto mayor, but his lawyer says he is "100 per cent" in rehab.

Ford left home last week after announcing plans to deal with his substance-abuse problems and at the time his lawyer Dennis Morris said he flew to Chicago, but was not in a program in that city.

Today the Globe and Mail reports that when Ford landed in Chicago he voluntarily withdrew his application to enter the country and quotes the consul general of Canada in Chicago as saying Ford "was not denied entry, per se."

Morris would not comment on what happened in Chicago, but says he knows "100 per cent" that the mayor is enrolled in a substance abuse program on an inpatient basis and is "doing very well."

Ford left for rehab hours after the Globe and Mail reported that a drug dealer had shown two of its reporters video of Ford allegedly smoking what was said to be crack days earlier.

The Toronto Sun also published an audio recording of Ford at a bar making anti-gay remarks, using an ethnic slur, and saying he would like to "jam" rival candidate Karen Stintz.

Morris has said it was not possible to know what was in the pipe seen in stills from the alleged new video.

Organizations: Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun

Geographic location: Chicago, TORONTO, U.S. Canada

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