Bernie Sanders apologises for campaign sexual harassment

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen.

'I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct.' The alleged assault, he wrote in a statement, is 'at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next'.

As detailed in a report from POLITICO published on Wednesday, top Sanders advisor Robert Becker is accused of forcibly kissing the female staffer, who is reportedly in her 20s and has remained anonymous out of fear of retribution from Sanders supporters.

But Becker, who is not on Sanders' payroll, has been calling potential staffers and traveling to early primary states over the past several months in moves seen as preparing for a 2020 campaign.

Robert Becker, who was the Iowa state director for Sen.

Sanders, who said his 2018 re-election campaign to the U.S. Senate enacted more stringent and efficient policies to deal with sexual harassment, added that there needs to be a "cultural revolution" in America to fundamentally change the way women are treated in the workplace.

Sanders was forced to respond to accusations reported by Politico that his campaign floor manager had forcibly kissed a 20-year-old campaign worker after making sexual suggestions to her. Sanders had issued an apology and said he wasn't aware of the incidents at the time. "I apologize", he said. He said that rhetoric about "ending sexism and ending all forms of discrimination. can not just be words". It must be a reality in our daily lives. That was clearly not the case in 2016, ' he wrote.

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Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters.

The Vermont independent says alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about". They added: "To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign".

Bernie Sanders, who is mulling a presidential bid in 2020, apologized to the women who say they were harassed while working on his 2016 campaign.

Sanders, his top aides and the writers of the letter have not yet had a face-to-face meeting.

This spotlight on the 2016 campaign has not left Sanders' inner circle unscathed. But Jeff Weaver, who ran Sanders' 2016 campaign, stressed then that Becker was not doing so in an official capacity as he "doesn't work for the campaign because there is no campaign".

Weaver could not reached for comment.

Kat Brezler, the other co-founder of the People for Bernie Sanders, said in a statement that part of coming together in support of a Sanders 2020 campaign would be to discuss best practices moving forward and to learn from past mistakes on campaigns. In 2016, as the size of our campaign exploded we made efforts to make it a positive experience for people.

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