Rob Ford's female City Hall visitor still a mystery

Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

TORONTO -- The identity of a woman who visited Mayor Rob Ford's office late Easter Monday remains a mystery -- even after officials released video of her arriving and leaving at City Hall.

Two video clips, totalling 28 seconds, were released Monday by city officials as part of a freedom-of-information disclosure.

The clips show the comings and goings of a woman from a basement entrance to City Hall just before 8 p.m. Easter Monday. City Hall security buzzed her up and she visited with the mayor for about 30 minutes.

Video images previously released from the night appear to show the mayor stumble and fall down in the City Hall parking garage. A report filed by security guards said the mayor appeared intoxicated.

Ford checked himself into a Muskoka-area rehab centre a few days after the video was released.

The woman is shown wearing a long white coat, blue jeans and carrying a brown bag. A black box covers her face to protect her identity in accordance with privacy rules, city clerk Ulli Watkiss explains in a letter.

Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor's brother, said she is a not a mystery woman, but a "family friend." He refused to identify her.

"I have no comment," Doug Ford said. "It's just a witchhunt.

"Do you chase every other councillor that has a visitor?" he said. "This lady is a family friend. (Mayor Ford's) wife knows her well, our family has known her for 35 years. She was just downtown."


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