Presumed Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden is facing increasing heat for allegations made by a former staffer, Tara Reade, that the then-Senator sexually assaulted her in what appears to be an increasingly credible account.
Reade has accused the former vice president of pushing her up against a wall, kissing her, touching her and penetrating her with his fingers without her consent in 1993.
The campaign has been denying that the alleged incident ever happened and has reportedly been disseminating talking points for Biden apologists to recite when asked about the issue.
Biden himself addressed the allegations on Friday morning, flat-out denying the incident ever occurred.
Now, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review of public statements, the list of individuals corroborating the details of Reade’s accusation has grown to five.
In a call into CNN’s “Larry King Live” back in ’93, shortly after Reade left Biden’s office, her late mother appeared to corroborate details of her story. The transcript and video clip of the call was unearthed after Reade mentioned in a recent interview.
“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,” the caller, identified at the time only as a woman from Reade’s home town, told King.
Reade confirmed to the DCNF that it was, in fact, her mother.
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
Collin Moulton, Reade’s brother, confirmed to The Intercept that she told him about the alleged assault around the time that it happened, long before going public with the allegations. Moulton also confirmed that their mother had encouraged her to call the police.
A Former Neighbor
Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor of Reade’s, corroborated key details of her account in an interview this week.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse, a Biden supporter, told Business Insider.
“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” she added. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”
A Close Friend
One of Reade’s close friends, who has opted to remain anonymous, told The Intercept that Reade had described the assault around the time it allegedly happened. The interviewer, Ryan Grim, confirmed to the DCNF on Tuesday that the friend he interviewed is not LaCasse.
A Former Coworker
Lorraine Sanchez, with whom Reade worked at a California state senator’s office in the mid-1990s, also corroborated details of the Biden allegation.
Reade told Sanchez at the time that “she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in D.C., and as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired,” Sanchez told Business Insider. Sanchez recalled that Biden was Reade’s former boss, but didn’t remember if it was Biden that Reade named when describing the incident.
According to The Guardian, Biden has finally answered increasing calls from his party to personally discuss Reade’s allegations.
In an interview Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Biden commented on the controversy—the first time he has done so in public.
“I’m saying unequivocally,” Biden told Mika Brzezinski, “it did not happen and it didn’t.”
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