Two more women have come forward to accuse former Vice President Joe Biden of touching them in a way that made them feel uncomfortable as Biden’s touching scandal continues to grow.
The New York Times reports that “Caitlyn Caruso, a former college student and sexual assault survivor, said Mr. Biden rested his hand on her thigh — even as she squirmed in her seat to show her discomfort — and hugged her ‘just a little bit too long’ at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.”
Caruso, who was 19 years old during the alleged incident, is now 22 and said that she thought that the alleged incident “was particularly uncomfortable because she had just shared her own story of sexual assault and had expected Mr. Biden — an architect of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act — to understand the importance of physical boundaries.”
The Times also reported that 59-year-old D. J. Hill told them that when she and her husband had their photo taken with then-Vice President Biden that Biden “put his hand on her shoulder and then started dropping it down her back, which made her ‘very uncomfortable.'”
Hill’s husband quickly intervened, putting his hand on Biden’s shoulder and cracking a joke.
On Friday, former Nevada Democrat state Sen. Lucy Flores accused Biden of sexual misconduct in an incident she indicated left her “mortified,” saying she had “never experienced anything so blatantly inappropriate and unnerving before.”
“Just before the speeches, we were ushered to the side of the stage where we were lined up by order of introduction,” Flores wrote. “As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?'”
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified,” Flores continued. “He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. 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.”
On Monday, Amy Lappos from Connecticut accused Biden of inappropriately touching her in 2009 at a political fundraising event.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos said. “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.”
“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos continued. “There’s absolutely a line of decency. There’s a line of respect. Crossing that line is not grandfatherly. It’s not cultural. It’s not affection. It’s sexism or misogyny.”
Despite the multiple allegations that have surfaced, and years worth of creepy footage that exists online, “Biden and his team are making it clear to supporters and donors that they are moving forward with plans for a possible 2020 presidential run, insisting the former vice president is undeterred by allegations that he made some women feel uncomfortable in his interactions with them,” CNN reported.