Biden mounts full-scale defense over 'misleading' photos of him touching women

Former Vice President Joe Biden has now been accused of touching another woman, in 2009, without her consent in a way that made her feel uncomfortable.

A Connecticut woman says the alleged incident occurred a fundraiser for Democratic Congressman Jim Himes.

'It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head,' Amy Lappos, 43, 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.' 

The story amplified claims by White House adviser and others that 'Creepy Uncle Joe' is disqualified from holding the presidency. 

Biden launched an all-out defense of his conduct over the years with women on Monday as mounting allegations of inappropriate contact threatened to end his anticipated presidential bid before it began.

Two incidents involving the wife of a former defense secretary and the daughter of a sitting senator are under refreshed scrutiny. 

Carter says this photo of Biden touching her shoulder was 'misleading' and that he was helping her get through the nervous occasion

Carter says this photo of Biden touching her shoulder was 'misleading' and that he was helping her get through the nervous occasion 

Other allegations against Biden that have emerged were 'photoshopped' and are 'forgeries,' said a spokesman for the potential presidential candidate in a lengthy statement.

'These smears and forgeries have existed in the dark recesses of the internet for a while. And to this day, right wing and others continue to exploit them for their own gain,' Bill Russo claimed.

He argued that real pictures of Biden with women he appears to be touching inappropriately are 'misleading' and have been misconstrued as he fought off damaging allegations to the longtime public servant's reputation. 

A former Nevada politician first raised the issue of Biden's intimate gestures toward women when he was in the White House. She said he made her feel uncomfortable when he kissed her on the head and put his hands on her shoulder before she went on stage at a campaign event. 

She does not allege that Biden sexually assaulted her. She told CNN on Sunday that she merely wants to bring attention to what she sees as a whitewashing of Biden's contact with women.

Biden apologized to the woman, Lucy Flores, in a statement over the weekend.

His spokesman claimed Monday, as the fallout continued that her references to documented instances of untoward behavior that 'crossed a line between affectionate or supportive behavior and something—however unintentional—more inappropriate or unwelcome' misconstrued the facts.

Russo brought up photos with Stephanie Carter, the wife of former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and Senator Chris Coons' daughter, in which Biden appeared to be touching the women without their consent. 

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