The aunt of a woman who accused former vice president Joe Biden of sexually harassing her when she was 14 is standing by her niece’s story.
Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell responded to statements from Biden’s camp denying her niece’s allegation using documents to prove he was not at the 2008 event where she said the incident took place.
Yes, it could have been another year. So what? She was a teenager when I ran for office. It doesn’t make it okay,” O’Donnell wrote to Fox News on Sunday. It happened when I was running for office against him. If it was 2007, that makes it even worse.”
“I was right there when it happened. It wasn’t just … what he said, it was the way he eyed her up and down when he said it. It was beyond creepy and utterly inappropriate,” O’Donnell told Fox News last Friday.
The accuser, 26-year-old Eva Murry, told Law&Crime in a report published last Friday Biden complimented her on the size of her breasts at the annual First State Gridiron Dinner & Show in 2008. Murry, who alleges she was a 14-year-old middle schooler at the time, says she attended the event as O’Donnell’s niece.
“She actually stopped coming to as many campaign events with me because just knowing he might be there made her feel uncomfortable,” O’Donnell said.
“I remember walking into the lobby and being in awe of all the people in such fancy clothes,” Murry told Law&Crime.
“Our two parties of people gravitated towards each other and everyone started saying their hellos. When it was Biden and my aunt’s turn to say hello he quickly turned to me and asked how old I was. I replied with my age and he replied with the comment, ‘Fourteen? You’re very well endowed for 14!’ I was confused but it was definitely weird, he looked me up and down and hovered his eyes on my chest so I had some clue [about] the notion of his comment but didn’t fully understand at the time. We quickly separated from his area after the encounter,” she alleged.
“I feel his comments were verbal sexual harassment,” Murry told Law&Crime. “I think I was too naive to realize exactly what it meant at the time but I vividly remember the uncomfortable feeling I had in the pit of my stomach during the whole encounter. It wasn’t Biden’s words alone that made me so uncomfortable, it was the look, the tone, the whole general vibe was off.”
Murry says she confided in five friends and her sister about the incident contemporaneously. They shared details about her story in several interviews with Law&Crime. Four of Murry’s other friends told the news outlet that she told them about the incident several years later.
The Biden campaign has categorically denied Murry’s story, calling it “absolutely false.”
Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates sent an email to Law&Crime containing two news articles which reported Biden would not have been able to attend the event because he was having sinus surgery earlier that week, and was scheduled to be out of work for the whole week. He also provided a copy of then-senator Biden’s schedule indicating he did not attend the dinner, listing an aide as going in his place.
Gridiron Dinner Secretary Cathy Klocko told Fox News the roast, which is held the first Saturday of every May, would have taken place May 3 of that year. Details of the event are secretive and information such as guest lists or photographs of the event are not usually released, Klocko said.
Former vice president of the First State Gridiron Dinner, J. Brian Murph, told Fox News over the weekend he examined records from the event and Biden wasn’t there.
“The year 2008 is particularly noteworthy because it is the only year where the Senator agreed to appear in a video, which was a spoof of Meet the Press. It was taped earlier that week. It was our hope the Senator would attend the dinner to see the video, but he sent regrets,” Murphy explained.
“Had he been there, myself as well as others would have known and in fact, I would have acknowledged him from the stage. Senator Biden was not at the Gridiron Dinner in May of 2008.”
His campaign also asserted that Biden did not attend the Gridiron Dinner in 2007 citing his schedule which indicated he was in Iowa on that day.