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Connecticut woman says Joe Biden touched her inappropriately

April 1, 2019

A Connecticut woman says Joe Biden touched her inappropriately during a fundraiser in Greenwich while she was a congressional aide.

“Biden did something similar to me,” wrote Amy Lappos in a comment on the Facebook page Connecticut Women in Politics.

The allegation comes just days after Lucy Flores, a Democratic politician from Nevada, wrote an essay for the Cut about a 2014 encounter she had with the former vice president that made her uncomfortable, drawing further scrutiny to Biden, who is contemplating a 2020 presidential run

Lappos was responding to Flores’ essay under the pseudonym Alice Paul, a reference to the American suffragist and women’s rights activist who championed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

“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 wrote. “And shame on some of the women here excusing this as boys being boys or it’s not as bad as (President Donald) Trump. I can speak from experience when I say it’s an incredibly uncomfortable situation and not at all acceptable. We need to hold our men to the same standards we hold all men.”

Biden issued a statement Sunday via his spokesman, Bill Russo, on Twitter in response to Flores’ essay.

“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.”

Biden, who did not immediately return a request for comment, also said in the statement he will continue to surround himself with trusted women advisers and continue to be an advocate for women’s rights.

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