Massa discusses tickle-fights with a skeptical Glenn Beck 

"I should never have allowed myself to be as familiar with my staff as I was," former Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., told Glenn Beck this afternoon in the first segment of his program.

Massa explained away new allegations that he had groped "multiple male staffers" by describing a tickle-fight he had with his roommates in Washington, D.C. He also brought out a photo album from his time in the Navy to demonstrate how hazing could be confused with homosexual harassment.

Beck asked straight out about whether the allegations of sexual harassment and groping were true. Massa replied that they were not.

BECK: "Did you ever touch anybody sexually -- grope anybody sexually?"

MASSA: "No. No, no."

Why then, Beck asked, did he resign?

"Here's why: Because it doesn't make any difference what my intentions were. It's how it is perceived by the individual who receives that action."

Massa said that he chose to resign -- he was not forced out -- but he maintained that there was a connection between his ouster and his opposition to President Obama's health care bill. Beck was skeptical, and kept bringing up the issue of why Massa would resign over a tickle-fight.

"I can't understand the white flag," Beck said.

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