Justin Trudeau is in damage control mode. The Canadian Prime Minister is responding for the first time to allegations that he groped a female reporter at a music festival back in August 2000.
The alleged encounter took place at an event to benefit the Avalanche Foundation, a cause Trudeau became involved with after his brother Michel died in 1998 during an avalanche. Shortly after the festival in Creston, British Columbia, an article appeared in the local “Creston Valley Advance” newspaper.
The article accuses the Prime Minister, who was 28-years-old at the time and not yet involved in politics, of groping a female reporter at the festival. The article goes on to state that when the reporter confronted Trudeau about the alleged encounter, he apologized and said that he wouldn’t have been so forward had he known she was a reporter.
Trudeau, who has long touted himself as a feminist and a supporter of the #MeToo movement, has finally responded to the groping allegations.
Today Trudeau said he can understands that the woman behind the 18-year-old groping allegation may see things differently.
He also said he was confident’ he did nothing inappropriate.
At an event in Regina, the Prime Minister said that he remembered the day in question well and that he does not recall “any negative interactions” during the festival.
With gender equality at the top of the list of priorities for Trudeau, it remains to be seen how the Prime Minister will move forward after the groping allegations. After removing Kent Hehr from the cabinet for similar allegations, Trudeau himself may be fighting for his political career.