Betsy Bissen, a photographer for the Twins Daily ― a website devoted to the baseball team ― said that at a mall in 2015, Sano tried to kiss her and force her into a bathroom.
Sano finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, which is when the assault allegedly took place, according to Bissen. In doing so, she joined the ranks of women who have come come forward to tell of their own experiences with powerful men and misconduct under the hashtag term #metoo.
"No, he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me", she writes.
Things came to a head after the session had ended when Bissen showed Sano where the restrooms were located - and he allegedly tried to grab her and drag her inside. He finally gave up after a solid ten mins of fighting to pull me thru that door. She said she did so because she "didn't want to cause a scene".
The 37-year-old photographer says that Sano flirted with her, but she didn't reciprocate. He had exited the mall but come back into use the bathroom, she said.
In the letter Bissen posted on twitter, she alleges that Sano grabbed her wrist and attempted to kiss her several times. "She says she resisted but couldn't break away from the much larger Sano, who's listed at 6'4" and 240 lbs. 'Every time he did, I said no and kept pulling back.
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"I screamed, no one came to help me", she states.
"Every time I have to hear about how great people think Miguel Sano is, I'm reminded of how bad he actually is and how he hurt me", she concluded. When I said no, it should have been the end of it.
Bissen concluded her essay by identifying the athlete as Sano. "I honestly don't want anything from this other than to feel free from what happened to me", Bissen responded. I have NOTHING to gain from this. Let me assure you, I don't.
"I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today-it never happened".
But this didn't stop the Twins themselves from releasing a statement on the allegations. The Twins tweeted out that they take the allegation very seriously, but that they will have no further comment until more information is gathered.
Sano, who made the American League All-Star team in July but missed almost all of the season's final six weeks with a stress reaction in his left shin that required surgery in November, has spent much of December at the team's Fort Myers, Fla., training complex.
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.