December 28, 2017 09:55 PM
A Minnesota sports photographer with a presence in the camera well at Target Field has accused Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano of assault.
Betsy Bissen, who has done photography work for the online publication Twins Daily and says she frequently shoots player autograph events, posted to Twitter Thursday that Sano assaulted her after one such event at a local mall.
She writes that Sano flirted with her during the signing, and then later attempted to forcibly pull her by the wrist into a restroom while trying to kiss her. She said she resisted and screamed, but that nobody came to help. She wrote that he gave up after "a solid ten minutes of fighting to pull me thru that door.
"No he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me," she wrote. Bissen tweeted later the alleged incident occurred in 2015.
Sano denied the allegations Thursday, according to his agent Kyle Thousand of Roc Nation Sports, saying, "It never happened."
"I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today – it never happened. I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society."
Bissen wrote at the top of the Twitter post, "This is not easy for me to share, but I feel I need to share it. This is my story," followed by the hashtag #metoo.
Bissen declined to comment for this story.
The Twins issued a statement Thursday afternoon:
"Today the Minnesota Twins were made aware of allegations involving Miguel Sano at an offsite appearance during the 2015 season. The Twins, along with Major League Baseball, take these allegations very seriously. Until more information is gathered, the Twins will have no further comment."
Bissen's Twitter post is below.
Former Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe responded to Bissen's tweet directly, writing, "I'm so sorry about this. I understand why you didn't, but I wish you would have come to me."
I’m so sorry about this. I understand why you didn’t, but I wish you would have come to me.— Trevor Plouffe (@trevorplouffe) December 28, 2017
In response to a Twitter user speculating the alleged assault was the reason the Twins might have been shopping Sano for a trade, Bissen tweeted the team didn't know anything about the alleged assault.
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Updated: December 28, 2017 09:55 PM
Created: December 28, 2017 01:50 PM
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