Thursday, July 5, 2018


OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his most detailed response yet Thursday to an 18-year-old allegation he groped a female reporter, confirming he had apologized to the woman at the time but saying he didn’t feel he had acted “in any way untoward.”
   Facing reporters at Queen’s Park after his first meeting with new Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Trudeau offered a more elaborate reflection on the allegation for the first time since it resurfaced in the past months.
  “I’ve been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident almost 20 years ago,” he said. “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 did not specifically respond to a question Thursday as to whether he should be subject to an independent investigation, as other Liberal members of caucus have been. He instead connected the incident to the broader societal conversations struck by the #MeToo movement in the past year.

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