Justin Trudeau: PM Says He \"Didn't Do Anything Wrong\" After Allegations Surface

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A former journalist broke her silence on Friday to stand by her allegation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau groped her almost two decades ago, when he was not politically involved.

I issue this statement regarding the now much reported involving Justin Trudeau at the August 2000 Creston Music Festival ("Incident").

On today, Trudeau acknowledged that he had offered an apology to the woman, even though "I did not know to what she was referring". When asked to comment on the then-breaking news story, Trudeau said he "didn't recall any negative interactions".

Published in the Creston Valley Advance newspaper, the piece accused Trudeau of "inappropriately handling" the reporter, who felt "blatantly disrespected" by the actions, which were not described.

The woman told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp earlier this year that she was not interested in being associated with any further coverage of the story, and asked that her name not be used, and that she not be contacted about the story again. "If I apologised later then it would be because I sensed that she was not entirely comfortable with the interaction we had".

Trudeau attended the fundraiser to support avalanche safety. The prime minister said the allegations levelled against him and those against the former minister of sport and disabilities are different.

In a statement just released to the CBC, Knight said that she was revealing her identity in response to media pressure, but would not be sharing any further statements.

In her statement, Knight said that she "enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago". It alleged he told the woman he would not have "been so forward" if he had known she was reporting for a national newspaper. But I know that there is an very bad lot of reflection to be had as we move forward, as a society, on how people perceive different interactions. The Prime Minister's Office eventually issued a statement and says Trudeau didn't "remember any negative interactions" at the Creston Music Festival, where the alleged grope happened.

Trudeau also explained why he apologized to the reporter.

He did not respond to that question directly, but repeated several times that he does not believe he acted inappropriately.

However, the Prime Minister emphasised his understanding that women and men can experience situations differently.

As he continued his explanation tour the rest of the week, Trudeau followed up his lack of memory of the incident by suggesting men and women remember things differently.

"I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way, but I respect the fact that someone else might have experienced that differently", Trudeau said. But I know that there is an bad lot of reflection to be had as we move forward as a society on how people perceive different interactions.

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