Joe Biden responds to allegation of 'awkward' kiss and inappropriate touching: 'not once - never - did I believe I acted inappropriately'
- Former Vice President Joe Biden responded to a former Nevada politician's account of an incident that made her uncomfortable, saying he believes he never acted inappropriately.
- Lucy Flores, a Democratic politician, wrote in a New York Magazine piece published Friday that Biden grasped her shoulders from behind and kissed the back of her head without her consent during a campaign event in 2014.
- Biden's team responded immediately to the article and said while the former vice president had no recollection of the incident, he supported Flores telling her story.
- The story also resurfaced years of photos and videos of Biden coming in close contact with women in Washington and on the campaign trail.
Former Vice President Joe Biden responded to an allegation that he kissed the neck of a former Nevada state politician and made her feel uncomfortable, saying that he believed he never acted inappropriately.Lucy Flores, a Democratic politician, alleged in a New York Magazine piece published Friday that Biden grasped her shoulders from behind and kissed the back of her head without her consent during a campaign event in 2014.Advertisement
Biden denied that there was an inappropriate tone to the encounter, saying it was "never my intention."
"In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort," Biden said in the statement. "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."Read more: Democratic politician Lucy Flores has accused Joe Biden of touching and kissing her inappropriately in 2014
The article was Flores' first time taking her story public about the encounter, which she wrote made her feel "uneasy, gross, and confused.""He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head," she wrote. "My brain couldn't process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused."Flores also wrote about the numerous pictures and videos of Biden in close contact with women in Washington and on the campaign trail that have often gone viral online and sparked confusion over his public conduct with women. Advertisement
Immediately after the article, Biden spokesman Bill Russo said neither the vice president nor anyone on his team had any recollection of the incident, but the former vice president supported Flores telling her story.Read Biden's full statement:Advertisement
"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.I will also remain the strongest advocate I can be for the rights of women. I will fight to build on the work I've done in my career to end violence against women and ensure women are treated with the equality they deserve. I will continue to surround myself with trusted women advisers who challenge me to see different perspectives than my own. And I will continue to speak out on these vitally-important issues where there is much more progress to be made and crucial fights that must be waged and won." Advertisement
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