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Alyssa Milano: 'We must believe women' but the country needs my friend Joe Biden's 'kind, empathetic leadership'


"We cannot assume all women's experiences are the same."

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Actress Alyssa Milano defended former Vice President Joe Biden on Twitter against allegations by two women of inappropriate and unwanted touching, pointing to Biden's claim didn't have any bad intent with his actions.

What's going on? Last week, former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores accused Biden of making her feel uncomfortable with inappropriate contact when he hugged her and kissed the back of her head at an event in 2014.

"He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head," Flores wrote. "My brain couldn't process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused...I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me."

Monday, a second woman, former congressional aide Amy Lappos, said Biden "did something similar to me" at a 2009 fundraiser. Lappos said she came forward because she was disgusted by the dismissive response to Flores' allegation.

What did Milano say? In a series of six tweets, Milano referred to Biden as a friend who has been a champion for women and never meant anything malicious with his physical contact.

"I respect Lucy Flores' decision to share her story and agree with Biden that we all must pay attention to it," Milano wrote. "But, just as we must believe all women that decide to come forward, we cannot assume all women's experiences are the same."

Milano also said Biden is the type of leader needed in today's culture, due to his willingness to "listen and learn from anyone" and his ability to provide "empathetic leadership."

Wait a minute...Milano was front and center during the contentious hearing during which Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, testified.

Despite a lack of corroborating evidence to support the serious accusations against Kavanaugh, Milano was vocal about how his confirmation served to "institutionalize sexual violence."

Her tone toward Kavanaugh was significantly different than her tone toward Biden, who in his statement about Flores' allegation did not even apologize for making her uncomfortable with his touching. Instead, Biden only promised to "listen respectfully" to people who suggest he acted inappropriately.

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