Huma Abedin, a longtime close associate of Hillary Clinton, wrote in a new book that she was sexually assaulted by a US senator, an incident she “buried” until allegations against him were made. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh awakens his memory years later.
Abedin makes the shocking statement in a memoir, Both / And: A Life in Many Worlds, which will be released next week. The Guardian has obtained a copy. Abedin does not name the senator or his party or give other clues as to his identity.
Abedin details his alleged assault while describing his work for Clinton when the former first lady and future secretary of state and presidential candidate was a US senator from New York, between 2001 and 2009.
The passage comes shortly after a description of how Abedin and the Clintons came to attend Donald Trump’s wedding to his third wife, Melania Knauss, in Palm Beach, Florida in January 2005.
On this occasion, Abedin, who was born in Michigan but raised in Saudi Arabia, wrote: “I felt like I was attending an Arab wedding at home.
Then, after describing a dinner in Washington attended by “a few senators and their staff” but not Clinton, Abedin writes: “I ended up going out with one of the senators, and soon we pulled up in front of his building and he. invited me in. for the coffee. Once inside, he told me to get comfortable on the sofa.
She says the senator took off his blazer, rolled up his sleeves and made coffee while they continued to talk.
“Then, in an instant, everything changed. He dropped to my right, put his left arm around my shoulder and kissed me, pushing his tongue into my mouth, leaning me on the couch.
“I was so shocked that I pushed him away. All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased.
Abedin writes that the senator seemed surprised but apologized and said he had “misinterpreted” her “all this time”. As she pondered how to leave “without it ending badly,” she wrote, the senator asked her if she wished to stay.
“Then I said something that only the twenty-year-old version of me would have found -” I’m so sorry “- and walked out trying to look as nonchalant as possible. “
Abedin writes that she stayed away from the senator “for a few days,” but then met him on Capitol Hill, nodding when asked if they were still friends. Clinton then joined them, writes Abedin, “as if she knew I needed to be rescued even though I hadn’t told her anything about that night.”
Abedin writes that she remained friends with the Senator and that she quickly “buried the incident”, which she wanted to forget, succeeding in “erasing” it “entirely” from her mind.
Then, at the end of 2018, Kavanaugh was appointed to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump. A professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a party years earlier, an allegation denied by Kavanaugh.
Testifying in the Senate, Ford said the alleged assault “radically changed” her life, before a therapy session in 2012 led her to “do her best to suppress memories of the assault, because recounting the details made me relive the experience and caused panic ”. attacks and anxiety ”.
Although Kavanaugh has become a prominent symbol of the #MeToo era, in which allegations of sexual misconduct and assault brought down prominent men, Republicans were quick to back his nomination and it was duly confirmed in court.
Abedin’s memory of her experience on the unnamed senator’s couch, she writes, was sparked when she read that Christine Blasey Ford “was accused of” conveniently remembering “her alleged assault.
Earlier this month, an excerpt from the book published by Vogue dealt with Abedin’s experiences when her husband, former congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, found himself embroiled in a repeated scandal. about sexually explicit behavior on social media.
Abedin and Weiner are now separated.
- Information and support for anyone affected by issues of rape or sexual abuse is available from the following organizations. In the United States, Rainn offers assistance at 800-656-4673. In the UK, Rape Crisis offers assistance on 0808 802 9999. In Australia, assistance is available at 1800Respect (1800 737 732). Other international helplines can be found at ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html