Justin Trudeau Gropes Reporter in 2000: Editorial Accuses

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Justin Trudeau Gropes Reporter in 2000: Editorial Accuses

Justin Trudeau Was Accused of 'Groping' A Reporter At A Music Festival in 2000

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ishmaeldaro/justin-trudeau-groping-canada-2000-...

"Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-described feminist who has made combatting sexual harassment and sexual assault a centerpiece of his political image was accused of groping a young woman reporter at a music festival almost two decades ago..."

But he apologized the very next day: "I'm sorry. If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward."

'Didn't he learn through his vast experiences in public life that groping a strange young woman isn't in the handbook of proper etiquette, regardless of who she is, what her business is or where they are?"

SocialJustice101

So far we don't know if this is real or what exactly he's being accused of.    Apologizing for being "too forward" with a reporter does not prove there was sexual harrassment.   The reporter in question has not come forward.

Pondering

Agreed. I wouldn't be shocked if there is something to it but so far the accusation is too vague to know what to think. 

Sean in Ottawa

To me this looks like absolute crap.

These stories have more to them when they go public like this if there is substance. The fact that this is a second hand story without an accuser tells you what you need to know. The statements are only about something said out of context and nothing specific about what happened. Looks like a smear attempt and not a well performed one. Amateur.

WWWTT

Ya actually Justin is on record for physicallly grabbing an MP by the arm against their will, using his elbow to inflict on a female MP and swearing in parliament. 

He has proven he is capable of using inflicting physical violence on others. 

I give the report a strong possibility!

voice of the damned

Well, on the one hand, "If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward", does sound a little "too good to be true", in terms of resembling a Hollywood scriptwriter's idea of how an elitist scoundrel would talk. 

On the other hand, the Creston Valley Advance would have to be the absolute dregs of journalism, bar none, to fabricate a story from whole cloth, and claim that it happened to one of their own journalists.

And throw in that they decided to do this at a time when Justin Trudeau wasn't even being talked about as having any political potential, ie. prior to his "Friends, Romans and countrymen" speech at PET's sendoff.

Anyway, draw your own conclusions. Does anyone know the name of the reporter who covered the Kokanee Summit for the National Post and the Vancouver Sun? Is she the same person who wrote what seems to be an article about the festival, on the same page as that editorial?   

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Trudeau Denies 'Negative Interaction' After Old BC Editorial Alleging Misbehaviour Goes Viral

https://www.crestonvalleyadvance.ca/news/trudeau-denies-negative-interac...

"Attempts to contact the female reporter have been so far unsuccessful."

NorthReport

I don't know about this other stuff but after trying some BC bud there, Trudeau got the idea that he had to legalize weed! 

NorthReport

By-the-way how much is one joint going to cost? I mean, will it be able to compete with Doug Ford's dollar beer?

bekayne

voice of the damned wrote:

Anyway, draw your own conclusions. Does anyone know the name of the reporter who covered the Kokanee Summit for the National Post and the Vancouver Sun? Is she the same person who wrote what seems to be an article about the festival, on the same page as that editorial?   

 

I was able to figure it out but apparently she doesn't wish to be identified.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Not defensible if he did it...but one quibble in the article's phraseology:   Was it in any sense fair to refer to Justin having "vast experience(s) in public life" when the guy was 28? I mean, the guy wasn't even IN "public life" until he gave the eulogy at his dad's funeral.

Pondering

So far all he is being  accused of is apologizing. The word "handling" is in scare quotes. For all we know he is jokingly apologizing for kissing her hand. Or maybe not, but as of now there is no one accusing him of anything specific so we don't know if he was inappropriate or not. 

progressive17 progressive17's picture

Justin is definitely a pugilist. He keeps fit by boxing with certain people, a skill his father trained him. He has also worked as a bouncer. So, he is definitely capable of it.

Pondering

progressive17 wrote:

Justin is definitely a pugilist. He keeps fit by boxing with certain people, a skill his father trained him. He has also worked as a bouncer. So, he is definitely capable of it.

Capable of what? A 90 year old man in a wheelchair is capable of touching women inappropriately. Of course Trudeau is capable of it. If the woman claimed he touched her inappropriately I would believe her. 

The point is no such claim or accusation has been made. There has been no investigation or finding. If someone makes a claim then an investigation should be launched. 

Sean in Ottawa

Words out of context and unspecific allegations. Attributes of a smear.