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Canada Trudeau: 'I did not act inappropriately'

23:51  05 july  2018
23:51  05 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is confident he did not act inappropriately at a music festival in British Columbia in 2000 — but he also says he understands that the woman behind the 18-year-old groping allegation may see things differently.

Trudeau says he has been reflecting a lot about the incident in recent weeks, since an 18-year-old editorial from the Creston Valley Advance newspaper surfaced describing how the then-28-year-old Trudeau apologized for inappropriately touching a female reporter.

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  'I don't remember any negative interactions,' Trudeau says of groping allegation Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed allegations of "groping" a reporter at an event 18 years ago, saying Sunday that he does not recall any "negative interactions" that day. Trudeau was asked Sunday in Regina about an allegation dating back to 2000, when a 28-year-old Trudeau was visiting the Kokanee Summit music festival in Creston, B.C.

Trudeau's self-professed stance as a feminist prime minister with a low tolerance for inappropriate behaviour has critics demanding an independent investigation, livid that he has dismissed the claim.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces questions from reporters following his meeting with Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on Thursday, July 5, 2018. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces questions from reporters following his meeting with Ontario Premier Doug Ford at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on Thursday, July 5, 2018.

Asked today about whether he would support such an investigation, Trudeau did not specifically address the question, but said he apologized at the time because the woman felt something wrong had happened — even if he felt otherwise.

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.

He says neither he nor anyone on his team have reached out to the woman, saying to do so would be inappropriate.

Opinion: Hypocrisy is at the crux of the Trudeau groping allegation .
<p>The prime minister is now experiencing first-hand how a one-size-fits all approach to dealing with accusations of sexual misconduct is extremely fraught. But instead of conceding that admission, he is simply changing the standard to a one-size-fits-most: Everyone except the prime minister.</p>Video provided by Global News

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