Betsy Bissen, 24, shared her #MeToo story on social media Thursday, tweeting a detailed account of the alleged assault that took place at a local mall following an autograph signing. Bissen claimed Sano grabbed her wrist and forced her to accompany him to a nearby store afterwards, where he tried to kiss her and get her into a bathroom against her wishes. Bissen said she went along, as she "didn't want to cause a scene".
Bissen also alleges a former Twins first-base coach hit on her at "almost every game" she photographed.
I pulled back as he held onto my wrist. "Instead, he hurt me and kept going".
She says, after saying no and resisting for ten minutes, he eventually stopped trying to force her into the restroom. One of Passan's sources described Sano as a "ticking time bomb", when it came to his pursuit of women.
"No, he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me", she writes.
The Twins organization responded with their own statement on Twitter, however with the news just breaking today, the organization is going to wait until more information on the allegations is released to make a decision on Sano.
Bissen tweeted later the alleged incident occurred in 2015.
Major League Baseball officials "are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it", a league spokesman said in a statement. "I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment". Passan added: "All 30 teams, and everyone at the league office, figured this moment was coming, that the reckoning redefining the treatment of women across America would sweep its way through a sporting culture filled with immature millionaires whose overgrown senses of entitlement are surpassed only by their capacity to make awful decisions".