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Eric Massa rebuffs the gay question; calls ‘groping’ male staffers a ‘tickle fight’

Eric Massa rebuffs the gay question; calls ‘groping’ male staffers a ‘tickle fight’

Former U.S. congressman, Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) Tuesday night refused to answer a blunt question by CNN’s Larry King: “are you gay?”

Massa is accused of groping male staffers and the House ethics committee is currently investigating the claims.

He has denied touching any member of his staff sexually but did admit to “tickling” several staffers at his 50th birthday party.

After King asked the question, Massa responded:

“Here’s my answer, I’m not going to answer that. In the year 2010? Why don’t you ask my wife, ask my friends. Ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the Navy.”

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The 50-year-old Democrat has been slapped with multiple allegations of inappropriately groping his male staffers.

From an interview with Glen Beck earlier this week, responding to the groping charges:

“Yeah, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday. It was kill the old guy…. This was at a townhouse. We all lived together. All the bachelors and me, because nobody could afford, in Washington, DC, to pay the outrageous rents,” said Massa.

On March 5, Massa announced that he would resign his seat on March 8, 2010, citing as reasons a recurrence of cancer, the pending investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, and pressure from the Democratic leadership to step down after opposing the health care reform bill.

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