A few weeks ago, a story resurfaced online about Justin Trudeau groping a young reporter back in 2000. Trudeau was 29 years old at the time, and was in Creston, British Columbia for the Kokanee Summer Festival when he was accused of "inappropriately handling" the reporter.
Today, Trudeau is a self-proclaimed "feminist," and is praised worldwide for being such a strong advocate for women's empowerment. But, his response to the accusations isn't exactly sitting well with people.
According to various media, the Prime Minister “remembers being in” Creston for the festival, “but doesn’t think he had any negative interactions there.” In other words, he cannot confirm nor deny.
In the original editorial piece about the groping incident, which was published 18 years ago in the Creston Valley Advance local newspaper, Trudeau reportedly apologized with, “I'm sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”
Aside from his brief statement about not having "any negative interactions" at the festival, Trudeau has yet to address the groping incident, let alone make a formal apology. His decision to stay silent on the matter has the public feeling a little bit uneasy, and suspicious. His attempt to brush the incident under the rug is only calling more attention to it.
To make matters even more complicated, Trudeau has also been very vocal in the past about the Canadian government's "zero tolerance policy on sexual misconduct." So, the question of whether or not Trudeau will be subject to the same "zero tolerance policy" still remains.