A second woman has accused Joe Biden of unwanted touching as another rushed to defend the US former vice president against a “misleading” photograph. Amy Lappos claimed Mr Biden “put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses”.
“When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth,” she told ‘The Hartford Courant’.
Ms Lappos said she met Mr Biden when she was working as a volunteer for Democrat Jim Hines.
In a separate Facebook post, she called the exchange at a 2009 fundraiser, an “incredibly uncomfortable situation”.
Her claims came days after Lucy Flores, a former Democratic politician in Nevada, claimed in ‘The Cut’ that Mr Biden kissed the back of her head during a campaign stop.
She wrote it was a “violation of my personal space” but it wasn’t sexual misconduct or a form of assault.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice president of the United States touching me?’” Ms Flores said. “I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified.”
Stephanie Carter, wife of former defence secretary Ashton B Carter, wrote an article for the Medium website defending the 76-year-old after a photo of an exchange between the pair went viral.
“I absolutely support her [Flores] right to speak her truth and she should be, like all women, believed,” she wrote. “But her story is not mine.” She added: “The Joe Biden in my picture is a close friend helping someone get through a big day, for which I will always be grateful.”
Ms Carter said she was “uncharacteristically nervous” the day the photo was taken, as she had fallen on ice outside the Pentagon before the event.
Mr Biden “quickly gave me a hug”. She added the vice president “kept his hands on my shoulders as a means of offering his support”.
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