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Justin Trudeau Responds To Allegation He Groped A Journalist 18 Years Ago

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday responded to claims that he groped a reporter when he was 28 years old. 

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. “Often a man experiences an interaction as being benign or not inappropriate and a woman, particularly in a professional context, can experience it differently. We have to respect that.”

Trudeau has said he didn’t know at the time that the woman, whose identity is not known, was a journalist. 

The groping allegations first surfaced in an unsigned editorial published in August 2000. Canadian political commentator Warren Kinsella tweeted a photo of the editorial last month along with the hashtag #MeToo, which reignited the conversation surrounding the allegations.

The piece said Trudeau apologized one day after the incident, but that the woman felt “blatantly disrespected.”

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