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Russian lawmaker accused of sex harassment apologizes

Russian TV host and presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak speaks to journalists as she leaves an Amnesty International picket protesting against sexual harassment in front of the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Sobchak held her demonstration on Thursday, International Women's Day which is observed as a public holiday in Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
March 08, 2018 - 4:36 AM

MOSCOW - An influential Russian parliament member accused of sexual harassment by several female journalists has issued an apology and asked for forgiveness.

The allegations against Leonid Slutsky by three journalists include groping and making demeaning comments.

On Thursday, noting it was International Women's Day, Slutsky said on Facebook that "I am using the occasion to ask forgiveness from those of you whom I freely or involuntarily caused suffering. Believe me, the intent was not malicious."

Earlier Thursday, demonstrators including opposition presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak held pickets outside the parliament demanding the resignation of Slutsky, head of the foreign affairs committee.

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