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In a lengthy note posted to Twitter on Thursday, a Minnesota-based photographer accused Twins third baseman/designated hitter Miguel Sano of aggressively flirting with her, trying to kiss her and attempting to drag her into a hallway.

Betsy Bissen wrote that her run-in with Sano came at a mall where she was shooting his autograph signing. She claims Sano attempted to flirt with her during the signing, then grabbed her arm and escorted her to another store in the mall. Later, she writes, he repeatedly tried to kiss her and held onto her wrist as she resisted, screamed and called for help. She says he attempted for 10 minutes to pull her through the door to a back hallway.

“Every time I have to hear how great people think Miguel Sano is, I’m reminded of how awful he actually is and how he hurt me,” she wrote.

Bissen also accused the Twins’ first base coach at the time of repeatedly hitting on her.

Twins pitcher Trevor May responded to the note that he was sorry for what Bissen went through, and free agent infielder Trevor Plouffe, who played for the Twins from 2010-16 similarly tweeted that he was “so sorry about this.”

Bissen tweeted that the Twins were unaware of her claims about Sano, and as of about 1 p.m. ET on Thursday the team had not issued any sort of statement about the allegations.

UPDATE: The Twins issued a statement saying they were aware of the allegations against Sano but would not comment further right now.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post misidentified the Twins first base coach Bissen accused of hitting on her. We regret the error.

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  • PAI

    We’ll be told it was a “cultural misunderstanding” soon enough.

    • Bad Seed

      Or a “sexual emergency”… that’s what the migrants in Europe have been claiming. However, I’m not sure if that applies to all instances or just when the victim is a minor (not the best term, I think 15-16 when I hear “minor”…they’ve been going after children!?!).

  • biffyclyro2

    She didn’t specify the first-base coach incident happened in 2017. In fact, the 20-year age difference seems to exonerate him.

  • Bad Seed

    Not sure what to believe; I’d certainly like to give her the benefit of the doubt and her reasons for remaining silent are completely plausible. But… she’d be mildly cute-ish after a consuming a dangerous quantity of alcohol which gives me a momentary pause; unless it’s a case of work/office hot, I can’t find immediate, unquestionable credibility that one coach petitioned her daily while another attempted an assault among witnesses. Then again, perhaps that makes it more feasible in that (I know it’s not p.c. but let’s be realistic) he/they felt others would suspend belief because, on a superficial level, the accuser’s appearance just doesn’t seem worth risking one’s career/reputation/attorneys-fees for…