In a memoir called ‘Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds’, set to publish next week, Huma Abedin, political right-hand of Hilary Clinton for a long time, has come out regarding her sexual assault experience at the hands of a U.S. senator.
The Guardian has released an early account of content from the book soon to be published, which goes over the incident and Huma Abedin’s life in the political scene in general. No clues regarding the identity of the person she accuses, or the party they belong to have been mentioned. Abedin was working with Hilary Clinton between 2001 and 2009 when she was a U.S. senator from New York, and later on when she was a presidential candidate.
The incident in question took place after a Washington dinner attended by a few senators and their aides. Huma Abedin writes that she walked out of there with one of the senators and got invited for coffee by him when they came to his building. The senator took off his blazer and started preparing coffee as they talked and he told her to make herself comfortable.
“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. I was so utterly shocked, I pushed him away. All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased.” wrote Huma Abedin talking about how distraught she felt, as the senator apologized and said he ‘misread’ the situation.
She adds, “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.”
Abedin talked about how she buried the incident deep for so long until the very public case of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh filed by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford brought back all the triggering memories. She said she tried to stay friendly with the senator and bury the incident completely, until 2018 when Dr. Ford was accused of “conveniently remembering” the assault by Brett Kavanaugh that brought back the disturbing memory of that unnamed Senator’s couch.