Huma Abedin has spoken out publicly for the first time about her “uncomfortable situation” with a US senator who attempted to kiss her without consent — and insisted that she doesn’t consider the “shocking” incident to be sexual assault.
“I did go back to a senator’s apartment — a senator who I knew and was very comfortable with — and he kissed me, in a very shocking way. Because it was somebody I had known, and frankly, trusted,” Abedin told “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell in an interview airing Saturday.
But asked whether she believed the incident was sexual assault, Abedin characterized it only as an “uncomfortable situation.”
“I’m suggesting that I was in an uncomfortable situation, with a senator, and I didn’t know how to deal with it. And I buried the whole experience. But in my personal opinion, no.” she said.
“Did I feel like he was assaulting me in that moment? It didn’t feel that way. It felt like I needed to extricate myself from that situation. And he also spent a lot of time apologizing and making sure I was OK. And we were actually able to rebalance our relationship.”
Abedin revealed the incident in her forthcoming memoir, “Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,” according to the Guardian, which obtained an advance copy of the book.
She detailed an unnamed senator “pushing his tongue into my mouth” while she was working as an aide to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton more than a decade ago.
In the interview, Abedin — the estranged wife of serial pervert and ex-New York Congressman Anthony Weiner — explained why she decided to open up in the book about incidents as well as topics ranging from her marriage to her close relationship to Clinton.
“I think for the most of my adult life, certainly in the last 25 years that I’ve been in public service or in the public eye, I have been the invisible person behind the primary people in my life.
“But what I realize is that if you don’t tell your story, somebody else is writing your history.”