Three other women showed up Wednesday to tell the former vice president Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenTwo more women accuse Biden of inappropriately touching Trump mocks Biden amid allegations of misconduct: "Are you having a good time, Joe?" Biden's controversy divides Dems into generations, into political lines MORE They touched them in a way that made them feel uncomfortable shortly after Biden, in a two-minute video, committed to taking better account of women's personal space.
The women, Vail Kohnert-Yount, Sofie Karasek, and Ally Coll, have reported cases in which they reportedly said Biden touched them in a Washington Post article published Wednesday night.
Kohnert-Yount told the newspaper that Biden had introduced herself to her and shook her hand while she was a trainee at the White House in 2013.
"He then put his hand on the back of my head and rested his forehead against my forehead while he was talking to me," she told the post in a statement. "I was so shocked that it was hard to focus on what he was saying.I remember that he told me that I was a pretty girl "."
Kohnert-Yount said that she thought Biden's intentions were good and that she did not think it was a case of sexual harassment or sexual harassment. sexual assault.
"But that's the kind of inappropriate behavior that makes many women feel uncomfortable and uneven in the workplace," she said.
Karasek said that she had met Biden after appearing on stage at the Oscars with a group of 51 survivors of sexual assault and Lady Gaga in 2016. She said that after talking to Biden about A friend who died by suicide, Biden took his hands and put his forehead against hers, a moment that was captured in a widely circulated photo.
Karasek told the Post that she had appreciated Biden's support, but that the meeting had made her feel uncomfortable because of the proximity of the faces. She told the newspaper that she did not know how to react to the gesture at that time.
Coll said she was working for an event as a Democratic staff member when she met Biden during the 2008 election cycle. She told the newspaper that, during the presentation of the two men, Biden had squeezed her shoulders, complimented her and kept her "too long".
Coll now runs the Purple Campaign, a non-profit organization that fights against sexual harassment. She told the Post that she had dispelled any feelings of discomfort related to her interaction with Biden, saying that she felt nervous and excited to meet him. She also stated that she now felt that her behavior was inappropriate.
"There has been a lack of understanding about how power can turn a thing that may seem innocuous into something that can put some harm into the ease," she said. newspaper. She added that Biden's video represented "a continuing lack of understanding of why these stories are told and their relevance to the #MeToo era."
The statements of Kohnert-Yount, Karasek and Coll follow the allegations of four other women who claimed that Biden had improperly touched them. Caitlyn Caruso, D.J. Hill, Lucy Flores, former Legislative State of Nevada, and Amy Lappos, former Congressional Assistant to Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesTwo more women accuse Biden of inappropriately touching Meghan McCain shows his support for Biden "really honest" as a result of second allegation Alyssa Milano defends Biden: "I'm proud to call Joe Biden a friend" (D-Conn.), Have all publicly made allegations in recent days.
The statements by Kohnert-Yount, Karasek and Coll were made after Biden posted a video Wednesday afternoon in which he responded to the charges against him, without direct excuse, the Post reported.
Biden acknowledged that times have changed and said that he would adjust his behavior.
"Social norms have begun to change, they have changed, and the boundaries of personal space protection have been reset, and I understood," Biden said in the video. "I hear what they say, I understand it, I will be much more attentive, it is my responsibility and I will face it."
A spokesman for Biden declined to comment on the allegations and returned the message to Biden's video. The Hill sought the advice of Biden.
Biden is generally expected to announce a candidacy for the presidency and has been seen as the leader in a broad democrat field.