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A former Canadian news reporter claimed Friday to be the woman who anonymously accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of groping her prior to his career in politics, breaking her silence for the first time since the allegation resurfaced nearly two decades after first appearing in an unsigned newspaper editorial.

Rose Knight, a former reporter for British Columbia’s Creston Valley Advance, said she was author of the article, identifying herself as the woman who wrote that she had been “blatantly disrespected” by the then-future prime minister while covering a music festival in 2000.

The article goes on to state the following:

“I did not pursue the incident at the time and will not be pursuing the incident further. I have had no subsequent contact with Mr. Trudeau, before or after he became Prime Minister,” Ms. Knight said in a statement, CBC reported.

Eighteen years after its publication, Ms. Knight said had decided to “reluctanctly” address the article “in response to mounting media pressure,” CBC reported.

“I enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago,” she said in the statement. “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.”

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