Woman allegedly groped by Justin Trudeau won't be pursuing incident

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Trudeau's political opponents have used the allegation and his reaction to the statement as a rallying cry against the prime minister and his feminist image. An unsigned editorial was posted in the Creston Valley Advance after the event in August 2000.

On this episode of 10/3 host Dave Breakenridge is joined by National Post reporters Adrian Humphreys and Marie-Danielle Smith. Trudeau has long spoken out against sexual harassment.

Trudeau, who frequently proclaims himself a feminist and has generally taken a zero-tolerance approach to allegations of sexual misconduct within the Liberal party is finding himself in a unusual place.

"I've been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident nearly 20 years ago and, again, I feel I'm confident that I did not act inappropriately", he said.

Trudeau says he is also aware that men and women often see such incidents differently, and that such differences need to be respected as society grapples with the Me Too movement.

"The same interactions can be experienced very differently from one person to the next", he said.

Several media outlets, including The New York Times, subsequently reported about the accusations.

Mr. Trudeau has positioned himself as an outspoken advocate for gender equality and has dealt harshly with members of his party who have been accused of sexual misconduct.

What Knight was referring to, in her statement, was the original report on the incident, which took place at a music festival in the western city of Creston in British Columbia. But he said that he did apologize to the woman "in the moment", but was confident he hadn't acted inappropriately.

"Didn't he learn through his vast experiences in public life, that groping a odd young woman isn't the handbook of proper etiquette?" the editorial writer asked.

Earlier this year, CBC News spoke by phone and emailed with the woman who was the subject of the editorial. In terms of my recollection there was no untoward or inappropriate action but she was in a professional context.

On Thursday, Trudeau extrapolated even further, admitting to reporters for the first time that he did apologize to the reporter.

Bourne said it was a "brief touch" and "I would not classify it or qualify it as sexual assault".

Knight also cited privacy concerns for herself and her family in her statement and declined to comment any further on the incident.

Hehr says his boss has addressed the matter in an appropriate fashion and he's proud to continue to serve in the Liberal government.

It was then, reportedly, there was an incident in which he had inappropriate physical interaction with the newspaper reporter who covered the event. "His latest interview is still a tap dance around the questions put to him by reporters and in Parliament".

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