Minnesota Twins Star Miguel Sano Accused of Sexual Assault By Photographer

In recent weeks, women in sports journalism have come forward to tell their tales of sexual assault and harassment at the hands of their male counterparts. We’ve heard stories of inappropriate behavior allegedly conducted by prominent on-air personalities — many of whom are ex-athletes — at major outlets such as ESPN and the NFL Network. Now, a photojournalist is coming forward with a serious accusation against a still-active baseball star. According to freelance photographer Betsy Bissen, Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano assaulted her after an autograph signing at a store where she was volunteering. In a story posted to her Twitter account on Thursday morning, Betsy Bissen detailed her claim against Sano: As she noted in her story, Bissen Sano of trying to pull her into a bathroom and attempting to kiss her. The photographer says she fought off the All-Star third baseman as he pulled her by the wrist for ten minutes before Sano finally gave up. “I don’t even want to think of what he may have done, had he got me thru (sic) that door,” she wrote. “No, he didn’t rape me, but he sure did assault me.” Bissen added, “When I said no, it should have been the end of it. He should have respected that and stopped. Instead, he hurt me and kept going.” After sending the tweet, the photographer said she had been inundated with messages from social media trolls who doubted her story while noting that she had nothing to gain from telling it. A friend of Bissen’s backed up her story, stating that she had told friends and family after it occurred. Bissen also received a supportive tweet from former Twins player and current Tampa Bay Rays infielder Trevor Plouffe, who was with Minnesota in 2015. Sano has denied that he assaulted Bissen, telling TMZ that “it never happened.” Meanwhile, the Twins have released the following statement:
Today the Minnesota Twins were made aware of allegations involving Miguel Sanó at an offsite appearance during the 2015 season. The Twins, along with Major League Baseball, take these allegations very seriously. Until more information is gathered, the Twins will have no further comment.
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