UM responds to recent allegations against Joe Biden

News – The Miami Hurricane Former vice president Joe Biden speaks at the University of Miami March 20, 2018 at the “It’s On Us” rally promoting sexual violence awareness. Biden has recently been accused of making several women feel “uncomfortable” in his interactions with them over the years. Photo credit: Hunter Crenian
Joe Biden has been at the center of criticism since Democrat Lucy Flores recounted, in an online essay, interactions with the former vice president that made her uncomfortable. She described the ways in which Biden touched and kissed her when she was a candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada.
In a statement released shortly after Flores came forward, Biden came to terms with the ways in which he made Flores uncomfortable. However, there were three other women who have come forward about their uneasiness with the ways in which Biden has interacted with them.
Biden said in his many years as a public figure, hugs, handshakes and kisses are some of the ways he emotes with people to support and comfort them.
“Not once did I believe I acted inappropriately,” he said. “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
Biden has reportedly been “touchy” with other women besides Flores. Amy Lappos came forward April 1, telling the Hartford Courant that Biden “rubbed noses with her.”
“When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth,” said Lappos.
Biden was at the University of Miami in March 2018 to give a speech in partnership with the university’s chapter of It’s On Us, which aims to help and support sexual assault victims and survivors.
Biden greets students and fans after his speech in the University of Miami’s Watsco Center March 20, 2018 Photo credit: Hunter Crenian
Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden launched It’s On Us in 2014.
Students around …

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