Reporter came forward in the case where Justin Trudeau is accused of groping her; she said “It did occur”
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Reporter came forward in the case where Justin Trudeau is accused of groping her; she said “It did occur”

On Friday, the former reporter stepped forward to support her allegation out on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for groping her. This incident happened around two decades back when he was nowhere near any political reference.

In a statement to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Rose Knight said, "I issue this statement reluctantly, in response to mounting media pressure to confirm that I was the reporter who was the subject of the Open Eyes editorial, published in the Creston Valley Advance in August of 2000,"

She referred to the original Canadian report while talking about the allegations. As per the reports, Trudeau at the age of 28 year-old-old was not involved in any sort of political events or parties, apologise for his behaviour to the reporter that is in question.

"I would never have been so forward" he stated in the story. He said that he didn’t even know that she was a reporter.

Knight said, “The incident referred to in the editorial did occur, as reported. Mr Trudeau did apologize the next day. I did not pursue the incident at the time and will not be pursuing the incident further. I have had no subsequent contact with Mr Trudeau, before or after he became prime minister," 

However, Knight simply stated that there will be no more comments on this story from her side now.

The statement was released after a day when Trudeau, an avowed feminist, defended himself while talking about the allegation during a music festival in the western city of Creston, British Columbia in the year 2000.

Trudeau 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," 

The reporter asked him that whether Justin wants to open an investigation on this issue as his party shows zero tolerance for the problem related to sexual assault.

However, there was no direct statement by Trudeau on this but he did mention in the lines of that he didn’t believe that he behaved inappropriately with someone.

“it's not just one side that matters" in such cases and that society should reflect on this issue. 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 said. Trudeau formed a cabinet with an equal division of women and men after coming to power.

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