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Massa Says Harrassment Story 'Totally False' And Says He's A 'Salty Old Sailor'

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In an earlier conference call with reporters, Massa noted that he'd been hospitalized in December with a third "cancer scare." This afternoon, outside his office, he admitted he'd withheld this information from his staff.

"I kept this private, and I told only members of my immediate family. I did not tell my staff," Massa said.

On the call he didn't explicitly deny reports of harassment by a male staffer but did rebuke the press. Massa said the reports are "unsubstantiated without fact or backing" and "are a symptom of what's wrong with this city."

"Do I or have I ever used salty language especially when I'm angry, in the privacy of my inner office or at home? Yes I have and I've apologized where it's appropriate," Massa said on the call.

Additional reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro