Q: Is there a photo of former Vice President Joe Biden groping a woman’s chest?
A: No. A Christmas party photo from 2013 has been altered to appear that he did.
Shortly after the photo became public, a website that describes its content as “conservative satire” manipulated the photo so it would appear that Biden was groping the woman’s chest with a bottle of Wild Turkey whiskey in his pocket.
Neither of those things are shown in the original picture, which features Biden with The Hill’s White House correspondent, Amie Parnes.
After a woman recently came forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, the doctored photo of Biden has reappeared – this time with a text box at the top that says: “Brett Kavanaugh eat your heart out!” The bottle of whiskey — a clue that it’s an altered image — has been cropped out of the latest version circulating on Facebook.
But the picture isn’t real, it’s just the latest incarnation of an old manipulation.
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