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Former U.S. Representative Eric Massa served just over a year in the House before he was accused of sexual misconduct with a male staffer.
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His behavior toward aides, he said, was all in good fun. "Now they are saying I groped a male staffer," he told cable talk show host Glenn Beck. "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. You can take anything out of context."
In interviews made just hours later, however, Massa retracted his statements,
claiming he never groped anyone. When cable talk show host Larry King asked if he was gay, Massa responded, "ask my wife, ask my friends, ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the navy."
Massa drove himself home to Corning after leaving Congress, later telling a journalist that he contemplated killing himself in the car twice on the way home. Massa continues treatment for his cancer and has retired, at least temporarily, from public life.
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