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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, July 18, 2013 4:42 pm

Gawker: Money won't be used to buy mayor video

The Associated Press

The website Gawker says money raised to buy a video purporting to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine will instead go to four Canadian community health organizations.

John Cook, editor of the U.S.-based website, said in May that he'd seen a video of Ford inhaling from what appeared to be a crack pipe. Cook said he'd been shown the video by a drug dealer who had been trying to sell it for a six-figure sum.

The website raised $192,000 through an online campaign but said it lost contact with the owner. Gawker said on its website Thursday the money will be split between the four organizations.

Ford has said the video does not exist, though he has never said he has never smoked crack.