Former New York Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner’s ex-wife, Huma Abedin, has just let the cat out of the bag, going public about her time in politics in a forthcoming memoir entitled “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds.”
Huma Abedin, who is also a longtime aide to failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has claimed in her new book that she was allegedly assaulted by an unnamed senator in the mid-2000s.
In the book, Abedin describes some details of the incident, but she didn’t give away many clues about the senator’s party or let her readers know any other aspects of his identity. According to the Democratic operative, the assault took place sometime between 2001 and 2009, during the time that she was working for then-Senator Hillary Clinton, prior to Clinton taking the position of secretary of state.
Abedin states that she was attending a Washington, D.C. dinner with “a few senators and their aides,” though Clinton was not present, when she “ended up walking out with one of the senators, and soon we stopped in front of his building and he invited me in for coffee. Once inside, he told me to make myself comfortable on the couch.”
The unnamed senator then took off his blazer, rolled up his sleeves, and proceeded to make coffee while they continued their conversation.
“Then, in an instant, it all changed,” Abedin wrote. “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.”
According to the book, the senator was surprised, but apologized for his actions, saying that he had “misread” her “all this time.”
While Abedin was considering how to leave the situation “without this ending badly,” the senator allegedly asked her if she wanted to stay.
“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,” she wrote.
She then recalled trying to let things cool down by avoiding the senator for several days before eventually running into him while on Capitol Hill, where an awkward exchange occurred that led to them agreeing to remain friends.
Abedin said in her memoir that she “buried the incident” and was successful in erasing it “entirely” from her memory until 2018 when the Kavanaugh hearings brought the alleged assault back up.
She reportedly claims that remembering the experience was triggered when she read about Christine Blasey Ford “being accused of ‘conveniently’ remembering” Kavanaugh’s alleged assault against her.