"It now appears that as part of our campaign there were some women who were harassed or mistreated", Sanders wrote in a message he tweeted out Thursday afternoon to his almost 9 million followers.
The New York Times also has detailed allegations of unwanted sexual advances and pay inequity on Sanders' 2016 campaign.
Sanders said that his 2018 Senate reelection campaign in Vermont had operated under "some of the strongest sexual harassment policies in the country" and that he had not been aware of the $30,000 settlement.
The Vermont independent said on Capitol Hill that the alleged misconduct by male aides "was absolutely unacceptable and certainly not what a progressive campaign or any campaign should be about". Bernie Sanders (I-VT), forcibly kissed a female staffer shortly after the Democratic National Convention.
The anonymous staffer, who is in her 20s, and other witnesses told Politico Becker said he wanted to have sex with her while at the Philadelphia bar. And Sanders has been lambasted for what many say was a tone deaf and inept response to the allegations.
"We are addressing what happened on the Bernie campaign but as people that work in this space we see that all campaigns are extremely risky to women and marginalized people and we are attempting to fix that", the campaign staffers wrote.
Becker, 50, has denied the allegations.
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The woman did not report the incident at the time, but was prompted to when Becker took on another prominent role in Sanders' 2020 efforts, shoring up potential staffers - including his alleged victim - and making trips to the early voting states.
In this instance, Sanders' apology followed a Politico report from Wednesday evening.
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"It just really sucks because no one ever held him accountable and he kept pushing and pushing and seeing how much he could get away with", she told the outlet.
The Sanders situation hit headlines after November's midterm elections, in which the #MeToo women's movement - propelled by female voters' frustration with President Donald Trump, who himself stands accused of assault or harassment by multiple women - helped sweep Democrats to victory. This can't happen in 2020.
"Boy is that a tough answer to defend, of course", responded Todd, "because if you're running to be the president of the United States, If you can't manage a campaign how do you manage a country?"
Asked about the accusation, Friends of Bernie Sanders, the senator's main campaign committee, told Politico that "Robert Becker would not be part of any future campaigns". "That was clearly not the case in 2016". Other organizations, like the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel and the Campaign Workers Guild labor union, have centered their work around sexual misconduct in campaigns.