Rose Knight has come forward, revealing her identity as the woman who said that she was groped by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2000 during a Creston Music Festival. Trudeau has apologized and said he didn’t recall the event. Here is what we know so far about Rose Knight and what happened. This is a developing story.
1. The Accusation Was First Made in an Unsigned Editorial in August 2000
The incident in question happened in 2000 during the Kokanee Summit, CBC reported. An unsigned editorial was posted in the Creston Valley Advance after the event in August 2000. The editorial accused Trudeau of “groping” and “inappropriately handling” a female reporter who was there. The editorial said the woman felt “blatantly disrespected.” Today, Rose Knight issued a statement revealing that she is the reporter from the accusation.
CBC approached Knight about what happened, but at first she did not want to reveal her identity or be associated with the story. Valerie Bourne, a co-worker of Knight at the time, told CBC that the reporter was “distressed” after what happened, CBC reported. Bourne said it was a “brief touch” and “I would not classify it or qualify it as sexual assault.”
Brian Bell, who was the editor of the Creston Valley Advance at the time, said he didn’t recall Knight being traumatized or distraught, CBC reported, but “whatever physical touch or whatever had occurred in that moment was definitely not welcome and definitely inappropriate.”
2. Knight Said She Revealed Her Identity in Response to Media Pressure
The woman who made the groping allegation against Justin Trudeau in 2000 has issued a statement, including her name. #cndpoli pic.twitter.com/W9uOziNh3m
— Catherine Cullen (@cath_cullen) July 6, 2018
In a statement just released to the CBC, Knight said that she was revealing her identity in response to media pressure, but would not be sharing any further statements. You can read her full statement above.
She said, in part: “I issue this statement reluctantly, in response to mounting media pressure to confirm that I was the reporter who was the subject of the Open Eyes editorial, published in the Creston Valley Advance in August of 2000… I was a reporter for the Creston Valley Advance from 1999 through 2001. I was assigned to cover the August 2000 Creston Musical Festival by my employer and was the reporter referred to in the Editorial. The Incident … did occur, as reported. Mr. Trudeau did apologize the next day. 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.”
3. Knight Said She’s No Longer a Reporter & Has No Interest in Being Involved in the Story
In her statement, Knight said that she “enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago.” She said she avoided issuing any statement out of concern for her privacy and her family’s privacy. She made …read more