(The Hill) – Huma Abedin, a longtime assistant to Hillary Clinton and the ex-wife of former Rep Anthony Weiner (DN.Y.), writes in a new book that she was sexually assaulted by an unidentified US Senator in the mid-2000s.
Abedin writes in her forthcoming book, “Both / And: A Life in Many Worlds,” that she attended a dinner party in Washington, DC, with “a few senators and their assistants,” and then stopped by. one of the lawmakers for a cup of coffee.
She said she was invited after the two pulled up inside her apartment building and the senator told her to “get comfortable on the couch,” according to The Guardian, which got a copy of his book, which is due out on November 11. 2.
Abedin said the senator started brewing a cup of coffee for her before sitting next to her on the sofa and starting to kiss her.
“Then, in an instant, everything changed. He dropped to my right, put his left arm around my shoulder and kissed me, thrusting his tongue into my mouth, pushing me back onto the sofa, ”writes Abedin.
She said she had pushed him away and was “totally shocked”, adding that all she wanted “was for the last 10 seconds to be erased”.
Abedin said the senator was surprised and apologized for “misinterpreting” it “all this time”. She writes that she was deciding how to leave “without it ending badly”.
“Then I said something that only the twenty-year-old version of me would have found – ‘I’m so sorry’ – and walked out trying to sound as nonchalant as possible,” she said.
Clinton’s assistant said she avoided the senator “for a few days” but eventually crossed paths on Capitol Hill. She remembers nodding when he asked her if they were still friends.
Abedin also writes that she “buried the incident”, adding that her memory of the alleged assault came to her mind during Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process to the Supreme Court in 2018, which was mired by allegations of sexual assault.
She said her memory resurfaced when she read that Christine Blasey Ford “was accused of” conveniently “remembering” her alleged assault.