Actress Alyssa Milano said Monday that she stands behind former Vice President Joe Biden in response to allegations that he kissed a Nevada politician without her consent in 2014.
Milano, 46, is a staunch #MeToo activist who last year attended the Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in support of his accuser Christine Blasey Ford. She said she opposed his nomination because of unsubstantiated accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Ford in high school. She live-tweeted from inside the proceeding, letting her three million-plus followers know: “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.”
This time, with Biden facing an accusation from Nevada politician Lucy Flores, Milano was more equivocal. “I respect Lucy Flores’ decision to share her story and agree with Biden that we all must pay attention to it. But, just as we must believe women that decide to come forward, we cannot assume all women’s experiences are the same,” she said in a string of tweets.
“I am proud to call Joe Biden a friend. He has been a leader and a champion on fighting violence against women for many years, and I have been fortunate to accompany him to events with survivors where he has listened to their stories, empathized with them, and comforted them,” she wrote “… I believe that Joe Biden’s intent has never been to make anyone uncomfortable, and that his kind, empathetic leadership is what our country needs.”
She wrote an op-ed for CNN last year that began with, “If professor Christine Blasey Ford is to be believed, and I believe she is, Brett Kavanaugh is a sexual predator.”
Biden, 76, was accused last week of planting a “big slow kiss” on the back of Flores’ head without her permission during a rally in 2014. On Monday a second accuser came forward and alleged that Biden touched her inappropriately at fundraiser in 2009.
The former vice president is widely expected to launch a bid for the Democratic nomination for president soon.