Lucy Flores, who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of unwanted touching, announced that she is planning to start a talk show. Flores was relatively unknown before she published her accusations.
What’s the story?
While other #MeToo accusations have centered on things done in secret, most of the accusations against Biden have involved interactions that included unwanted touching that happened during televised events.
Flores’s alleged interaction with Biden was one of the exceptions to this rule. She had been a Democratic member of the Nevada state Assembly, and Biden had gone to one of her campaign events in 2014.
In a piece for the Cut published in March, Flores said that during this event, Biden put his hands on her shoulders, “inhaled” her hair, and “proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head.” Biden was still vice president at the time.
Following Flores’ accusations, Biden promised to “be more mindful” about personal space. Since then, he has announced that he was entering the 2020 race for president, in which he currently holds a commanding lead over the other Democratic candidates.
What happened now?
Flores announced Wednesday that she would be launching her own talk show on the Latino-millennial-focused network LATV after her accusations against Biden pushed her into the national spotlight. Her new show will be called “Jefa Status,” or “Boss Status.” She said she hopes to use it to increase the number of Latino people on television.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Flores said, “It may have started with Joe Biden but that wasn’t the primary reason why I spoke out. Because it isn’t just about Joe Biden and his behavior. Powerful men need to recognize when there’s a power dynamic, because oftentimes the person on the receiving end doesn’t feel like they can say anything about their discomfort.”