Joe Biden facing three more women who accuse him of unwanted touching: Report
Three more women have come forward with stories about how former Vice President Joseph R. Biden touched them in an unwanted way, according to The Washington Post.
The latest accusations coincided with Mr. Biden releasing a video in which he promised to be more “mindful” of invading people’s personal space and said that his touchy-feely approach to politics has been driven by a desire to connect with people, not make them uncomfortable.
Mr. Biden’s behavior, however, did give three more women the creeps. They said his response didn’t go far enough for them, The Post reported.
Vail Kohnert-Yount told the newspaper that when she was a White House intern in 2013, she bumped into Mr. Biden as she exited the West Wing and was thrown off by when he walked up to her and introduced himself.
“He then put his hand on the back of my head and pressed his forehead to my forehead while he talked to me. I was so shocked that it was hard to focus on what he was saying. I remember he told me I was a ‘pretty girl,’ ” Ms. Kohnert-Yount said in a statement to The Post.
She described the interaction as “the kind of inappropriate behavior that makes many women feel uncomfortable and unequal in the workplace.”
The forehead-to-forehead move also left Sofie Karasek feeling uncomfortable after she interacted with Mr. Biden at the Oscars in 2016. Ally Coll, meanwhile, told The Post that when she was introduced to Mr. Biden in 2008, he “leaned in, squeezed her shoulders and delivered a compliment about her smile, holding her ‘for a beat too long.’ ”
Ms. Coll said Mr. Biden’s video response fell short, showing a “a continued lack of understanding about why these stories are being told and their relevance in the #MeToo era.”
A total of seven women have now shared their stories of awkward interactions with Mr. Biden, who is thought to be laying the groundwork for a presidential bid.