Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Biden Groping White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Photo Does NOT Show Biden Groping White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Photoshopped

Did Joe Biden grope Jen Psaki's breasts? No, that's not true: this is a photoshopped revision of an image that had already been photoshopped. The original photo, from a 2013 holiday party, does not show Biden groping a woman's breasts. The first alteration, debunked by Lead Stories in April 2020, moved Biden's hands from the waist of a reporter to her breasts. The latest cut-and-paste job removes that woman's face, replacing it with that of Biden's press secretary.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) where it was published by group titled Tactical as SH#T on May 17, 2021. It was captioned:

We're just gonna Circle Back to this one

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue May 18 14:11:16 2021 UTC)

In the original photo, Joe Biden is seen taking a photo with The Hill's White House Correspondent, Amie Parnes, in a 2013 Christmas photo. His hands are on her waist in the original, not her breasts.

The first photoshopped version appeared in a Facebook post in 2017.

The re-photoshopped version, which has been shared 350 times, is much grainier and has weird lighting on Psaki's face, indications the picture has been doctored and is not real.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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