Bernie Sanders Apologizes To Female Staffers Sexually Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

  • Bernie Sanders Apologizes To Female Staffers Sexually Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

Bernie Sanders Apologizes To Female Staffers Sexually Harassed During His 2016 Campaign

Senator Bernie Sanders has apologised to female staff members on his 2016 USA presidential campaign who allege they were mistreated by male aides.

He continued, "The allegations speak to unacceptable behavior that must not be tolerated in any campaign or workplace".

He apologized "to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately, and of course if I run, we will do better next time", but went on to say that he was unaware of the allegations because he "was a little bit busy running around the country trying to make the case". "Our standards and safeguards were inadequate".

Politico had previously reported "that a 20-something female staffer said she was forcibly kissed by a top Sanders adviser at a bar in Philadelphia on the final night of the Democratic National Convention".

Becker has denied the allegations against him, telling Politico: "I categorically deny these allegations of improper and unprofessional conduct", saying the alleged assault is "at odds with my recollection of a late evening filled with many hugs and kisses and tears and conversations about what's next".

"I am very proud of the 2016 presidential campaign we ran, and of the staff and volunteers who made our successes possible", Sanders said in the statement posted to Twitter. Bernie Sanders continues to take hits over allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign, supporters of the Vermont independent are planning almost 400 events across all 50 states Saturday to back another White House run. But accounts of harassment from women who worked on his last campaign threaten to tarnish his image as a progressive and come at a time when female voters are central to the Democratic Party's strategy for defeating President Donald Trump.

Sanders has not personally been the focus of any of the accusations.

Earlier this month, former women staffers told the New York Times that, while working on Sanders' first campaign, they experienced "sexual harassment and demeaning treatment, as well as pay disparity" problems - and that there was no one to turn to for help.

The accuser said she did not alert higher-ups on the campaign team about the incident due to the campaign being over.

Friends of Bernie Sanders, Sanders" main campaign committee, told Politico in a statement: "Robert Becker would not be a part of any future campaigns.' The campaign added: 'To be clear: no one who committed sexual harassment in 2016 would be back if there were a 2020 campaign, ' and described Becker's conduct as 'deplorable and fundamentally unacceptable'. Add Bernie Sanders as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Bernie Sanders news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters.

Several other high-profile former and current lawmakers have been embroiled in sexual harassment allegations against their aides.