Huma Abedin writes in her forthcoming book that a U.S. senator sexually assaulted her in her 20s, kissing her unprompted and forcing his tongue in her mouth as the two conversed in his apartment. The longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, now 45, detailed the incident in her memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Words, set to be published next week, according to an excerpt obtained by the Guardian. Abedin withheld details of the senator’s identity, including his party affiliation, whether he is still in Congress, and which state he represented. According to Abedin’s account, she and the senator met at a dinner attended by several other lawmakers and their aides in Washington, D.C., though not Clinton, who was New York’s senator and Abedin’s boss from 2001 until 2009. Following the meal, Abedin took a walk with the senator, who invited her into his apartment for coffee and, she wrote, “told me to make myself comfortable on the couch.” “Then, in an instant, it all changed. 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,” she writes. Abedin, who said she was “so utterly shocked,” pushed the senator away. Her resistance surprised him, and he apologized, saying he had “misread” the situation and wanting to make up “without this ending badly,” she said. 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 . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: 45, 2001, 2009, 2017, 2018, 21 months, last week, next week, six-year-old, the next year, A few days later
CARDINAL: 18, two