The Speaker
Wednesday, 29 May 2024 – 21:39

A second woman has accused former vice president Joe Biden of sexual misconduct

The former US vice president Joe Biden has been accused of sexual misconduct by two women so far, one in 2009 at a Greenwich fundraiser and another at 2014 campaign rally.

One of the women, Lucy Flores, described her encounter in an article she wrote for the Cut because she felt it pertinent to mention with talk of Biden entering the Democratic primary. Flores said “If Biden and I worked together in a traditional office, I would have complained to the HR department, but on the campaign trail, there’s no clear path for what to do when a powerful man crosses the line. In politics, you shrug it off, smile for the cameras, and get back to the task of trying to win your race.”

In response to this allegation, Biden released a response on March 31, saying “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.”

The other women, Amy Lappos, said “It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head. 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.”

Lappos posted about her encounter with the former vice president after reading about the account of Flores and the lacklustre response by Biden. Lappos said “Referring to this type of behaviour as ‘simply affection’ or ‘grandpa-like’ or ‘friendly’ is ridiculously dismissive and part of the problem. Saying ‘but Trump …’ is dangerous and sets the bar for Democratic men far below where it should be.”

The former vice president is still considering whether or not to enter the 2020 Democratic primary, and according to an ally of Biden, these allegations will not affect Biden’s decision to run in the Democratic primary or not. 

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