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For Biden, a 2nd Accuser, Plus 'Smears and Forgeries'

Nancy Pelosi says he should still be able to run
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 4:17 AM CDT
Updated Apr 2, 2019 6:35 AM CDT
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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(Newser) – More trouble for Joe Biden: A second woman has come forward to say the former vice president touched her inappropriately. Connecticut's Amy Lappos tells the Hartford Courant that Biden made her feel extremely uncomfortable at a 2009 fundraiser for Rep. Jim Himes. "It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head," she says. "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 an aide to Himes at the time, says she didn't complain at the time "because he was the vice president. I was a nobody." More:

  • "Disgusting" statement. Lappos said in a statement Monday that she decided to speak out because of the "ridiculously dismissive" way that Democrats responded to former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores' allegation of inappropriate conduct from Biden at a 2014 event, the Washington Post reports. "Biden’s statement in response to Lucy’s article was not only disturbing, it was disgusting," Lappos said. "I stand by Lucy and any woman with the courage to come forward regarding inappropriate behavior by men."
  • Pelosi's view. Biden's potential 2020 rivals didn't speak out in his defense after the allegations first surfaced, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday night that he shouldn't give up on running, AP reports. "I don't think that this disqualifies him from running for president, not at all," said Pelosi, who has been a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement.

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