Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is ducking questions about a video that purportedly shows him smoking crack despite calls by allies and rivals for further comment.
The video has not been released publicly and there is no way to verify whether it is authentic. Reports Thursday night on the gossip website Gawker and in the Toronto Star claimed it was taken by men who claimed they had sold crack to Ford. The Associated Press hasn't seen the video.
The mayor of Canada's largest city has refused to take questions. In brief comments Friday, he called it "ridiculous" and "another story with respect to the Toronto Star going after me. And that's all I've got to say for now."
Ford avoided the media Tuesday in his first public appearances following a long holiday weekend in Canada.