PM 'confident' he did nothing inappropriate at B.C

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again defended himself Thursday against an allegation of sexual misconduct dating to almost two decades ago, saying he did not act "inappropriately".

The allegation stems from a newspaper editorial from 2000, recently unearthed, which accused Trudeau of "groping" and "mishandling" an unnamed reporter.

Trudeau denied acting "inappropriately" at the 2000 festival where the incident was said to have taken place.

Trudeau expanded on comments he made Sunday, when he told reporters he didn't "remember any negative interactions" on the day in which he's accused of groping a Creston Daily Advance journalist.

Chris Young/The Canadian Press Ontario Premier Doug Ford greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto on July 5, 2018.

"I remember that day in Creston well". "I do not feel that I acted inappropriately in any way". But part of this awakening that we're having as a society, a long-awaited realization, is that it's not just one side of the story that matters.

While the editorial offered no specifics on what had happened, it claimed the reporter felt "blatantly disrespected" and Trudeau had apologised for his behaviour. He named an equal number of men and women to his first cabinet, and he extols the benefits of female leadership when he speaks at worldwide summits.

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"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, describing how he has been "reflecting very carefully" on the interaction over the past few weeks. "And this is part of the reflections that we have to go through".

The reporter behind the allegation - who is also believed to be the author of the editorial - has not responded to interview requests from the Guardian. Like I said, I've been working very hard to try and piece it together.

When asked about why he had apologised to the woman after the alleged incident, Trudeau said: "If I apologised later, it would be because I sensed that she was not entirely comfortable with the interaction that we had".

The person involved has indicated no interest in speaking to the matter, and Trudeau said neither he nor anyone on his team has reached out to her, saying doing so would be inappropriate.

Trudeau then noted that "even when the original editorial came out at the time, I was fairly confident, I was very confident", that nothing inappropriate had taken place, but noted that the situation might have been experienced differently by the woman.

"I would never presume to speak for her, but I know there is an bad lot of reflection to be had as we move forward as a society", he said.

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