TORONTO - Toronto's embattled mayor is facing new allegations regarding his behaviour at an evening event.
The Toronto Star newspaper is reporting Mayor Rob Ford was asked to leave a charity gala last month over concerns he was intoxicated.
The paper says its report is based on interviews with several organizers and guests, all of whom requested anonymity.
A city councillor, Paul Ainslie, told the Star that Ford was asked to leave but wouldn't say why, while one unnamed organizer said it happened because "he seemed either drunk, high or had a medical condition."
The mayor's office did not respond to the allegations in the Star report and could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
But Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday came to Ford's defence, telling the Toronto radio station CFRB Tuesday morning that he had "never seen the mayor take a drink."
The allegations surfaced just weeks after the mayor was accused of inappropriately touching a former political foe at a political event.
Sarah Thomson said Ford appeared out of it at the time and suggested he has a substance abuse problem, but the mayor denied the incident occurred.