Receive breaking news and special reports. The news and stories that mattered provided the day of the week in the morning.
To By Dennis Romero
Former Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday that he has done nothing to reminisce about an alleged close encounter with a state legislator who led to the time ran for the vice-governor of Nevada.
Lucy Flores wrote from New York magazine The Cut meeting Friday that Biden had her hands on her shoulders and then kissed the back of her head as the two performed on stage during a demonstration for Democrats vying for office. waited for the stage.
"Why is the Vice President of the United States touching me?" She wrote about the situation.
"He leaned in further and inhaled my hair," Flores wrote. "I was humiliated … He continued to put a big slow kiss on the back of my head, my brain could not handle what was happening, I was embarrassed, I was shocked, I was confused."
Flores, who did not rise to the post of lieutenant governor, said she had cut her off because she saw no clear path to justice.
"I felt powerless to do anything about it," wrote Flores, who has since co-founded a Latina advocacy group, Luz Collective.
"Even if his behavior was neither violent nor sexual, it was humiliating and disrespectful," she wrote.
It is expected that Biden will announce in the coming weeks whether he will serve as president in 2020
A spokesman for the former vice president said in a statement on Friday that such allegations should be taken seriously, but Biden does not remember the incident.
"Neither in those years nor in the years since he or the staff with him at the time suspect that Mrs. Flores had never felt uncomfortable or you remember what she describes," the spokesman said.
"But Vice President Biden believes that Mrs. Flores has every right to share her own memories and reflections, and that there is a change in our society she has the opportunity," the statement said. "He respects Mrs. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her the best."