Actress and women’s activist Alyssa Milano on Monday defended Joe BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE hours after a second woman in recent days said the former vice president touched her inappropriately in the past.

“I am proud to call Joe Biden a friend,” Milano began in a series of tweets on Monday night. “He has been a leader and a champion on fighting violence against women for many years, and I have been fortunate to accompany him to events with survivors where he has listened to their stories, empathized with them, and comforted them.”


“That's who Joe Biden is - a warm, generous individual who believes its on all of us to pay attention to women's stories and experiences,” she continued.

The actress then noted Biden’s past involvement with “It’s On Us,” the Obama administration’s campaign against sexual assault on college campuses, which launched in 2014.

“Biden started Its On Us because he believes to meaningfully change our culture, everyone - including those often left out of the conversation like college athletes and fraternity brothers - needed to be part of the movement,” Milano wrote.

Hours before Milano’s remarks, a woman from Connecticut, Amy Lappos, alleged Biden inappropriately touched her and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 political fundraiser in Greenwich.

Lappos, who was a congressional aide to Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesMcCarthy pulls GOP picks off House economic panel Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality House panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps MORE (D-Conn.) at the time, said Biden’s contact “wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head.”

"He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth,” she told the Hartford Courant on Monday.

Lappos came forward with her story after former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D) said last Friday that Biden had inappropriately touched and kissed her at a campaign rally supporting her bid for lieutenant governor in 2014.

Flores said that the former vice president had put his hands on her shoulders, sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head. 

Biden later responded to that allegation on Sunday, saying, "In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately."

"If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention," he added.

Milano said Monday that “Joe Biden’s response that he never meant to make anyone uncomfortable and that he'll listen and learn from anyone who says otherwise is exactly the leadership we need to build a culture where women are heard and are equal.”

“I respect Lucy Flores' decision to share her story and agree with Biden that we all must pay attention to it,” she continued. “But, just as we must believe women that decide to come forward, we cannot assume all women's experiences are the same.”

“I believe that Joe Biden's intent has never been to make anyone uncomfortable, and that his kind, empathetic leadership is what our country needs. Especially now,” she added.