Biden Responds to Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation
Former United States Vice President and Democratic Nominee for US Presidential Election 2020, Joe Biden finally addressed the sexual assault allegation against him by Tara Reade as the pressure builts on him, saying in his first public statement on the matter that the alleged incident “never happened.”
Tara Reade who worked as a junior staffer in Senate Biden’s office in 1993 and claims Biden assaulted her that year.
Biden was not talking about these allegation but finally he respond, “While the details of these allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are complicated, two things are not complicated. One is that women deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and when they step forward they should be heard, not silenced. The second is that their stories should be subject to appropriate inquiry and scrutiny,” Biden said in the statement.
Tara Reade’s Allegation
Last year Reade publicly accused Biden of touching her shoulders and neck and making her feel uncomfortable. At the time, she did not accuse him of sexual assault.
Reade told CNN that in 1993, when she was working as an aide in Biden’s Senate office she was asked to deliver a duffel bag to the then-Delaware senator. In a corridor somewhere in the Capitol Hill complex, Reade said Biden “had me up against the wall; he used his knee to spread open my legs,” and “put his fingers inside me.”
Reade said that when she pulled away, Biden said to her, “Come on man. I heard — I thought you liked me.” According to Reade she added that the Biden looked angry and said that “You are nothing to me. You are nothing.” She said that Before walking away, Biden eventually took me by the shoulders and said words to the effect of, “You’re OK. You’re fine”.