Two Democratic presidential candidates expressed support on Saturday for the Nevada political candidate who has alleged former Vice-President Joe Biden kissed her on the back of her head at a rally in 2014.
But the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and former HUD secretary Julián Castro did not say the allegation disqualified Biden from joining the Democratic primary race.
The former vice-president has hinted strongly that he will make a third run for the White House but has not yet formally committed.
Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Warren and Castro said they believed Lucy Flores, who wrote in New York magazine that she felt uncomfortable with her interactions with Biden. The former vice-president has been criticised before regarding his physical behaviour towards some women.
Warren and Castro said it would be up to Biden to decide whether he should join the race.
Biden spokesman Bill Russo said in a statement that Biden does not remember kissing Flores.
The organizer of the 2014 Nevada rally, Henry R Munoz III, said in a statement on Saturday he had spoken to several key people and staff who attended the rally and that they “do not believe that circumstances support allegations that such an event took place”.