Second Woman Says Joe Biden Touched Her Inappropriately During Fundraiser For U.S. Representative

Another woman has stepped forward to claim former Vice President Joe Biden made unwanted and inappropriate contact with her.

Amy Lappos of Connecticut told the Hartford Courant that Joe Biden grabbed her by the head and leaned in to "rub noses" with her, which led her to think a kiss was next.

"It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head," Lappos told the Hartford Courant. "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, 43, said she was volunteering for U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in 2009 when the alleged event took place at a fundraiser for Himes, for whom Lappos was a congressional aide.

"I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody," Lappos said. "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."

Biden was recently accused of similar inappropriate touching of former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores in 2014.

A spokesperson for Biden issued a statement Sunday on the Flores accusation.

"In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately," Biden said in the statement. "If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will."

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, both 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, have pressed Biden to answer or respond to the accusations.

Biden, 76, is the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic primary in most polling data, this despite the fact he hasn't declared yet if he will run.

Himes first learned of Lappos's allegation on Monday and did not comment, the Courant reported.

The Courant reported the fundraiser where Lappos claimed she was inappropriately touched by Biden was a $1,000-per-plate event at the home at the home of Ron Moelis, a developer of affordable housing. Biden spoke at the event, which was attended by future Gov. Dannel P. malloy and future Sen.s Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy.

There were photos taken at the fundraiser, which was of-limits to the media, the report said.