Lucy Flores accused Joe Biden of inappropriate touching and kissing
(ABC News) —The former Nevada lawmaker who says former Vice President Joe Biden inappropriately touched and kissed in 2014 told ABC News she remembers the encounter as “awkward and disturbing.”
“I didn’t even know what to do,” she said in the interview. “I didn’t know how to react.
“It was the vice president of the United States of America,” she continued. “You just don’t expect that to happen.”
The allegation comes as Biden is publicly weighing a run for president in 2020.
Flores initially came forward with the allegations Friday in an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, titled, “An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden”.
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Biden issued a statement Sunday in which he said it “was never my intention” to make Flores or another woman feel comfortable.
“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,” he said in the statement. “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
He added that he did not recall the alleged interaction with Flores, but said “we have arrived at an important tiem when women feel they can and should relate their experiences.”
“And men should pay attention,” he said. “And I will.”
Biden said he would continue to be the “strongest advocate” he can be for 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,” he said. “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.”