Woman Says Biden Inappropriately Touched Her at a Fundraiser: He Grabbed My Head, Neck, ‘Pulled Me in to Rub Noses With Me’

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A Connecticut woman accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her back in 2009, during a lunch fundraiser for Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). 43-year-old Amy Lappos first came out with this allegation in a Facebook comment in response to a post about Lucy Flores, a Nevada politician who has accused Biden of inappropriately touching her in 2014. Lappos commented the following on Facebook under the pseudonym Alice Paul: “I’m really disappointed to see this [Facebook] post ask ‘thoughts’ as if the grossness of men invading women’s boundaries to sniff and touch is debatable,” she said in response to a post asking for “thoughts” on Flores’ comments. “And shame on some of the women here excusing this as boys being boys or it’s not as bad as Trump. I can speak from experience when I say it’s an incredibly uncomfortable situation and not at all acceptable. We to hold our men to the same standards we hold all men.” In a statement to The Hartford Courant Monday, Lappos said Biden had grabbed her “by the head,” then grabbed her neck with the other hand, and did what sounds like a nose kiss. She said it wasn’t sexual. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me,” she said. “When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.” Lappos said she was a congressional aide when this had happened. The luncheon took place at the home of housing developer Ron Moelis; reporters were allowed on the terrace, where Biden gave a speech, but not inside the home. Lappos said Biden had approached her in the kitchen, where she was standing with four or five other volunteers. Her boss, Himes, was not in the room at the time. She felt like she was too small against the then-Vice President to file a complaint over it. Biden’s office issued the same response Monday over Lappos’ allegations that he had issued Sunday over Flores’ allegations:
In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. 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. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.

Lappos said Biden’s touches shouldn’t be dismissed as a “cultural” thing. “There’s absolutely a line of decency,” she told the Courant. “There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”

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