Two more women have come forward to accuse former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them in recent years — one of whom was 19 years old at the time.
Caitlyn Caruso, who is now 22, told The New York Times that Biden rested his hand on her thigh and hugged her “just a little bit too long” at an event about sexual harassment at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Caruso told the newspaper Biden’s touch made her particularly uncomfortable because she had just shared her story of sexual assault at the event.
“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that,” she told the Times. “These are supposed to be people you can trust.”
D. J. Hill, a 59-year-old writer, told the Times that she had an uncomfortable encounter with Biden at a 2012 campaign event in Minneapolis.
Biden put his hands on her shoulders and began dropping them down her back, Hill told the newspaper. She added that her husband intervened and interrupted with a joke.
“Only he knows his intent,” Hill told the Times.
Two other women, Amy Lappos and Lucy Flores, came forward in recent days and described unwanted touching by the former vice president.
Biden has not declared his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination but has been thinking about entering the race.
In a statement issued Sunday, Biden said that during his many years campaigning, he has “offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort.”
“And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately,” he continued. “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Source: New York Times