Lucy Flores, a former Democratic candidate out of Nevada, has accused the former Vice President, Joe Biden, of inappropriate conduct during a campaign event in 2014.
She layouts the details in a piece she wrote for The Cut, a New York-based magazine, just yesterday.
In it, she claims that the incident occurred at a rally in November of 2014 while she was trying to become Nevada’s lieutenant governor, an even which Biden appeared.
“Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?” she recalled, revolving him placing his hands on her shoulder. Flores then claims Biden sniffed her hair and “proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.”
“The vice-president of the United States of America had just touched me in an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners,” Flores wrote, further commenting that she “felt powerless to do anything about it.”
“Even if his behavior wasn’t violent or sexual, it was demeaning and disrespectful,” she wrote. “I wasn’t attending the rally as his mentee or even his friend; I was there as the most qualified person for the job.”
“Is it enough of a transgression if a man touches and kisses you without consent, but doesn’t rise to the level of what most people consider sexual assault?” she wrote. “I did what most women do, and moved on with my life and my work.”
In a statement to Fox News, Biden spokesman Bill Russo said the former vice president “was pleased to support” Flores’s 2014 campaign “and to speak on her behalf” at the rally.
“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes,” the statement said. “But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”