Two more women have come forward and accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriate touching.
According to The New York Times, the two women — Caitlyn Caruso and D. J. Hill — both recalled to the Times their experiences with Biden touching them inappropriately and making them feel uncomfortable.
Caruso said Biden rested his hand on her thigh even as she tried to squirm in her seat to signal that she was uncomfortable.
This allegedly took place about three years ago while at an event on sexual assault at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
Caruso, who said she was 19-years-old at the time, said Biden also hugged her “just a little bit too long.”
Caruso told the Times that the entire encounter with the former vice president was deeply uncomfortable because she had just spoken about her own sexual assault and assumed Biden would respect her space.
“It doesn’t even really cross your mind that such a person would dare perpetuate harm like that. These are supposed to be people you can trust,” Caruso said.
Hill, the second women who spoke to the Times, recalled an incident with Biden in 2012.
Hill claims the then-vice president placed his hand on her shoulder and began to run it down her back, which she said made her “very uncomfortable.”
“Only he knows his intent,” she added.
Hill’s and Caruso’s statements follow allegations brought by two other women in the last week — former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes.
Flores published a column last week and accused Biden of grabbing her shoulders, smelling her hair, and kissing her head without consent at a 2014 campaign event.
“As I was taking deep breaths and preparing myself to make my case to the crowd, I felt two hands on my shoulders. I froze. ‘Why is the vice-president of the United States touching me?’” she wrote.
“I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified. I thought to myself, ‘I didn’t wash my hair today and the vice-president of the United States is smelling it. And also, what in the actual f*ck? Why is the vice-president of the United States smelling my hair?’ He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head,” Flores added in the essay.
Amy Lappos, a former volunteer congressional aide for Democratic Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes, claimed that during a fundraising event in 2009, Biden grabbed her head and pulled her in close to rub noses.
“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Lappos said. “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.”
“I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president. I was a nobody,” Lappos continued. “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.”
Despite four women accusing Biden of highly inappropriate behavior in the past week, some liberals are still defending him amid rumors he’s running for president in 2020.