Former B.C. reporter says Trudeau apologized day after encounter at music festival

Woman confirms she was reporter in Creston Valley Advance editorial that alleges Trudeau groped her

A former newspaper reporter confirms Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to her the day after an inappropriate encounter at a B.C. music festival almost two decades ago.

The woman also confirms she is the reporter that was referred to in an editorial 18 years ago in the Creston Valley Advance that said she was groped by Trudeau while covering the event.

She says in a statement that appears to come from her email account that she did not take the matter any further at the time and doesn’t plan to do so now.

She says she has never had contact with Trudeau again.

READ MORE: Trudeau denies ‘negative interaction’ after old B.C. editorial alleging misbehaviour goes viral

Trudeau has said he did not act inappropriately towards the reporter but acknowledges she may have had an entirely different perspective.

The Canadian Press has chosen not to name the woman to protect her privacy.

“The incident referred to in the editorial did occur as reported. Mr. Trudeau did apologize the next day,” the woman said in the statement Friday.

“I enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago. I avoided issuing a statement earlier out of concern for my and my family’s privacy.

“Beyond this statement, I will not be providing any further details or information. The debate, if it continues, will continue without my involvement.

Trudeau said Thursday he’s been thinking for several weeks about what happened when he was 28 years old and before he entered politics.

WATCH: Trudeau on groping allegation: ‘I did not act inappropriately’

“I’ve been reflecting very carefully on what I remember from that incident almost 20 years ago and again I feel — I am confident — that I did not act inappropriately,” he told a news conference in Toronto on Thursday.

“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.”

The event in question was the Kokanee Summit festival in August 2000, which Trudeau attended to accept a donation to the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign. The Trudeau family launched the campaign after his youngest brother, Michel, died in an avalanche in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in 1998.

The unsigned editorial said Trudeau “inappropriately handled” a reporter there to cover the event and apologized to her by saying, “If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Single-vehicle crash on Highway 97 south of Vernon

Second crash on Highway 97 near Vernon Sunday

Crash on Highway 97 south of Vernon slows traffic

There is currently no word on the cause of the single-vehicle incident

North Okanagan road checks lead to several suspensions

BC RCMP’s CounterAttack campaign is cracking down on impaired driving

Vernon keyboard recitals a success

Students performed Nov. 25 at the Schubert Centre

Silver Star Water Utility advisory rescinded

The advisory put into effect Friday, Dec. 7 was rescinded Sunday, Dec. 9

VIDEO: This B.C. school leads country in vaccine donations to UNICEF

Federally funded Kids Boost Immunity uses quizzes to earn vaccinations

UPDATE: Hedley residents will be without water for at least one week

Elevated levels of coliform and arsenic leave small town dry

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

Cold case files: Murdered woman still unidentified after 44 years

Penticton RCMP releasing info on historical missing person and found human remains investigations

Okanagan Valley to see snow tonight

Environment Canada is calling for two-to-four centimetres of snow from Penticton to Salmon Arm

B.C. police stop drunk driver who offered up burger instead of ID

Roadblock checks over the weekend found at least two other impaired drivers

Being vegan during the holidays just got a little bit better

Cook up these delicious options during the holidays

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Update: Sicamous and Tumbler Ridge neck and neck in the Sled Town Showdown

Both communities in the final round have amassed over 10,000 votes

Most Read