Tara Reade, a previous aide to Presidental candidate Joe Biden, is accusing him of sexually assaulting her early in the 1990s.
This was during Biden’s time as a senator. According to two interviews done by the Associated Press, Reade alleged the assault happened in 1993 in a Capitol Hill office basement. She filed a police report in Washington on Thursday, advising authorities that she was a sexual assault victim by an unnamed person in 1993.
She told AP the incident occurred when she was asked to bring Biden his gym bag. Biden then pushed her against a wall in the basement and groped her and penetrated her with his fingers. Reade spoke out about the issue for the first time publicly last year. However, she only accused Biden of inappropriate touching, not sexual assault.
Biden’s campaign denied the allegations. His deputy campaign manager and communication director Kate Bedingfield released a statement saying,
“ Joe dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully, but such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: it is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”Kate Bedingfield