Second woman accuses Joe Biden of inappropriate behavior: ‘I thought he was going to kiss me’ – USA TODAY
With Joe Biden making headlines for an apparent inappropriate interaction with Lucy Flores, a photo has resurfaced of Biden with Stephanie Carter.
WASHINGTON – A second woman is accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of unwanted, inappropriate behavior, the Hartford Courant reported Monday.
Amy Lappos of Connecticut said Biden, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, touched her and rubbed his nose on hers during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich, the Courant reported.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos told the newspaper. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”
The accusation comes days after Lucy Flores, a former member of the Nevada Legislature, accused Biden of “demeaning and disrespectful” behavior when he allegedly kissed the back of her head.
A spokeswoman for Biden declined to respond to the allegations by Lappos, referring instead to the statement Biden issued Sunday about the Flores accusation, according to the newspaper.
In that statement, Biden denied any wrongdoing regarding Flores but promised to “listen respectfully” to such claims.
“In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden said. “And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Biden said he might not recall moments in the same way that the accuser does.
“But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention,” he said in the statement. “And I will.”