New evidence stemming from court documents in the mid-90s has surfaced, arguably supporting claims by Tara Reade that presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her during her time working in the office of the then-Senator.
According to a Thursday report from the San Luis Obispo Tribune, court documents from 1996 show that Reade told her ex-husband she had been sexually harassed while working for Biden in 1993.
Reade’s then-husband Theodore Dronen, the Tribune reports, made the following declaration in court while he was contesting a restraining order filed against him by Reade after he filed for divorce:
I met Petitioner in the spring of 1993 while working in Washington, D.C. At the early stages of our dating, Petitioner felt comfortable confiding in me as we both worked for Members of Congress, and we shared many other common interests. On several occasions Petitioner related a problem that she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.
Petitioner told me that she eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the Senator’s office and left her position. I was sympathetic to her needs when she asked me for help, and assisted her financially, and allowed her to stay at my apartment with my roommate while she looked for work.
It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on Petitioner, and that she is still sensitive and effected[sic] by it today.
The Tribune was careful to point out that Reade’s ex-husband’s statement only says the incident occurred “in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office,” not that Biden himself was the perpetrator.
Then-Biden chief of staff Ted Kaufman disputed Reade’s claims and told the Tribune, “I have consistently said what is the truth here — that she never came to me. I do not remember her, and had she come to me in any of these circumstances, I would remember her. But I do not, because she did not.”
After finally breaking his silence on the matter, Biden publicly and unequivocally denied Reade’s allegations last week, saying that they are “simply not true. It did not happen.”
According to USA Today, Biden also requested records of any alleged harassment complaints filed by Reade against him in the Senate to be released. On Monday, however, Senate Secretary Julie E. Adams said her office did not have the authority to release any Senate personnel records.
“More and more inconsistencies keep emerging,” said Biden’s Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield. While women “must receive the benefit of the doubt” and be able to come forward and share their stories, she said, “these allegations are false and that the material that has been presented to back them up, under scrutiny, keeps proving their falsity.”
Nonetheless, Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Biden continues to gain momentum in light of a string of corroborating accounts.
Late in April, NewsBusters discovered a 1993 video clip of Reade’s mother calling into CNN’s Larry King Live and saying that her daughter was having “problems” with a “prominent senator.”
The transcript according to NewsBusters reads, in part:
LARRY KING: San Luis Obispo, California, hello.
CALLER: Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.
KING: In other words, she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?
CALLER: That’s true.
As we reported last week, five people stepped forward to corroborate Reade’s claim against Biden, including her mother, brother, a former neighbor, a close friend, and a former coworker.
Lynda LaCasse, a Biden supporter and Reade’s former neighbor, told Business Insider last week: “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it.”
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