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Second woman accuses Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately in 2009


'It wasn't sexual...'

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A Connecticut woman has come forward accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of touching her inappropriately years ago, days after a former Nevada state lawmaker said the possible 2020 presidential candidate creeped her out by sniffing her hair and kissing the back of her head at an event in 2014.

What are the details?

On Monday, Amy Lappos told the Hartford Courant she had an encounter with Biden at a Greenwich fundraiser in 2009.

"It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head," Lappos recalled. "He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth."

Lappos — who was a congressional aide at the time — said Biden made her uncomfortable with his actions.

"I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody," Lappos told the Courant.

"There's absolutely a line of decency," she added. "There's a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It's not cultural. It's not affectionate. It's sexism or misogyny."

Lappos came forward on Sunday, writing in a Facebook post reportedly discussing allegations made by former Nevada state Assembly member Lucy Flores, who said Biden smelled her hair and "proceeded to plant a big, slow kiss on the back of [her] head."

Flores spoke to several media outlets about the incident, leading Biden to release a statement on Sunday, saying:

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.

Anything else?

According to the Courant, a Biden spokeswoman declined to address Lappos' allegations directly, and instead reissued the former vice president's statement in response to the Flores accusations.

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