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New Video Shows Inebriated Toronto Mayor

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A new video has surfaced showing the mayor of Canada's largest city in what he later admitted was an alcohol-driven rage.

The widely circulated video, first released Thursday by the Toronto Star newspaper, has triggered new calls from local government officials for 44-year-old Rob Ford to take a leave of absence or to leave office altogether.

The mayor told reporters he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" when the video was shot, and said he is "embarrassed" by it. He did not disclose the context in which it was recorded, and the object of his wrath is not clear.

Earlier this week, the embattled Ford apologized to Canadians after admitting he smoked crack cocaine. That admission came after a separate video showed the transgression. That video, in the custody of Toronto police, has not been aired publicly.

City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti, one of the mayor's strongest supporters, joined others Thursday in urging Ford to seek medical treatment. He said the mayor's family needs to intervene and attempt to get him help.

The mayor is married with two school-age children.