HUMA Abedin has insisted the unwanted kiss from a US senator that she reveals in her new memoir was not a sexual assault.
The longtime aide to Hillary Clinton for more than two decades has explained in the lead-up to her memoir's release how she was "uncomfortable" by the unwanted move, but insists she wasn’t sexually assaulted.
"Did I feel like he was assaulting me in that moment? It didn't feel that way,” the 45-year-old told CBS News’ Norah O'Donnell on Wednesday.
“I'm suggesting that I was in an uncomfortable situation, with a senator, and I didn't know how to deal with it.
“And I buried the whole experience,” she added. “But in my own personal opinion, no.”
According to The Guardian, which obtained an advanced copy of her memoir Both/And: A Life In Many Worlds, the incident occurred more than 10 years ago – before Abdedin would go on to separate from disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.
She recalled ending a dinner with lawmakers and aides by agreeing to walk one unnamed senator home and heading to his apartment for “coffee.”
Once inside, her memoir describes the senator shedding his blazer and rolling up his sleeves, before making coffee and striking up conversation.
Abedin then writes that he "plopped down to my right… put his left arm around my shoulder, and kissed me, pushing his tongue into my mouth, pressing me back on the sofa.
"I was so utterly shocked, I pushed him away,” Abedin writes. “All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased.”
Abedin said the humiliated senator claimed he "misread" her intentions and apologized.
The senator then asked if Abedin wanted to stay the night, she writes.
Abedin wrote: "Then I said something only the twentysomething version of me would have come up with – ‘I am so sorry’ – and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible."
The powerful aide admits she “buried the incident” and tried to wipe it from her mind “entirely.
It wasn’t until 2018, when then-supreme court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh stood accused by a professor named Christine Blasey Ford of committing sexual assault at a party several years ago.
Throughout, Kavanaugh flatly denied the allegations.
The spectacle confirmation hearing apparently jogged Abedin’s memory of the unwanted kiss on the senator’s couch, because she would later read about Ford felt she was “being accused of ‘conveniently’ remembering” her alleged assault.
SENATOR SAID 'SORRY'
Nonetheless, Abedin even stayed friendly with the senator.
“It felt like I needed to extricate myself from that situation. And he also spent a lot of time apologizing and making sure I was OK,” she told O’Donnell.
“And we were actually able to rebalance our relationship.”
Abedin would go on to serve as Clinton's deputy chief of staff when the former First Lady spent four years as secretary of state under President Barack Obama.
She became estranged from her husband, Weiner, the New York congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, who was repeatedly disgraced over his cheating.
Weiner served 18 months of a 21 year prison term after being convicted of sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl back in 2017.
Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner that same year.
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