Another woman accuses Biden of unwanted touching

Apr 02, 2019, 4:20 AM EDT
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden has denied the allegations.
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A second woman has accused former U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden of wrapping his hands around her neck and pulling her in to rub noses with her at a fundraiser in a private home in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2009.

The accusations from 43-year-old Amy Lappos come within three days after another woman, Lucy Flores, alleged that Biden, while campaigning for her in Nevada in 2014, kissed her on the back of her head, writes the BBC.

Biden is known for his “warm and intimate campaign style,” but unsolicited hugs and physical contact by him are open to deeper scrutiny in the #MeToo era, reports Reuters. Biden, who plans to be in the fray for Democratic presidential nomination, released a statement on Sunday, denying the allegations by Flores, while offering to listen to the insinuations respectfully.

The allegations have drawn mixed response with some of the candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination demanding answers from Biden while his aides crying foul over a smear campaign against the leader.