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Liberal MP Francis Drouin faces sexual assault allegation

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) are investigating an alleged sexual assault that reportedly involved an Ontario Liberal MP in Halifax attending the National Liberal Convention.

The office of Liberal MP Francis Drouin, 34, who represents the riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, confirmed to Global News that he is the subject of an allegation, though he did not say what the allegation was.

“I would like to address reports of an incident that took place this weekend in Halifax. I can confirm that an allegation has been made. I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported,” Drouin said in a statement to Global News.

“While no charges have been laid against me. I’m cooperating fully with the investigation.”

The HRP’s sexual assault investigative team are leading the investigation into the incident that allegedly occurred after 2 a.m. on Saturday, in the 1700 block of Brunswick Street.

The alleged incident occurred in a pub near the Nova Centre, which hosted the Liberal gathering.

Drouin was in a crowded bar when a woman became agitated because she believed someone in the bar grabbed her buttocks, a source who was present at the time and who was near Drouin told Global News.

Drouin allegedly approached the woman to see what had agitated her and was accused by the woman of inappropriately grabbing her buttocks, the source said.

The source believes Drouin did nothing wrong and was mistakenly accused by the victim.

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