Former Rep Massa Just Tickled Male Staffer
March 09 2010 10:10 PM EST
November 17 2015 5:28 AM EST
Former congressman Eric Massa told Fox News' Glenn Beck Tuesday evening that he not only groped a former male staffer ... he "tickled him until he couldn't breathe."
"Yeah, I did," said Massa, a New York Democrat. "Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday and it was kill the old guy."
Later Massa explained, "It doesn't make any difference what my intentions were, it's how it's perceived by the individual who receives that action. I'm telling you I was wrong. I was wrong. My behavior was wrong. I should have never allowed myself to be as familiar with my staff as I was."
Massa resigned Monday afternoon after the House Ethics Committee announced last week it would be reviewing a sexual harassment complaint made by a former staffer. Massa said Monday the investigation was a revenge tactic by the Democratic leadership for his opposition to health care reform.
Massa detailed his version of what happened on his radio show Sunday, saying the whole thing started as an innocent confrontation with a drunken male staffer at a wedding on New Year's Eve, 2009.