Tara Reade came forward with allegations of sexual assault earlier this year, but her claims were largely ignored by the media. Now at least six people have come forward with corroborating details of Tara Reade’s allegations against Joe Biden, according to the Daily Caller.
In interviews with NPR, Reade, now 56 and living in California, said the alleged assault happened when she was asked by her then-supervisor to deliver a duffel bag to Biden as he was heading to the Capitol.
When Reade met up with the senator, she said, he pinned her up against a wall and penetrated her vagina with his fingers.
Reade’s mother, brother, former neighbor, former coworker and at least of her two friends have corroborated details of her story.
Reade’s mother appears to have made a phone call to CNN in 1993. Reade had previously told The Intercept that her late mother called into “Larry King Live” regarding Biden’s alleged assault shortly after Reade left Biden’s senate office.
“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 woman told King.
Collin Moulton said she told him shortly after the assault allegedly happened, and confirmed that Reade’s mother had pushed her to contact the police about her assault claims.
Reade’s neighbor said in an interview with Business Insider, 60-year-old Lynda LaCasse said that Reade told her about the alleged assault in 1995 or 1996 while they were smoking on LaCasse’s front stoop in Morro Bay, California.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse told Insider.
“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “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.”
Her Former Coworker:
Lorraine Sanchez, who worked alongside Reade in the mid 1990’s for a California state senator, also told Insider that Reade had complained to her that her former Washington, D.C. boss had sexually harassed her and caused her to be fired after she complained.
Two close friends:
An anonymous close friend of Reade’s confirmed to the Intercept that Reade described the alleged assault around the time period when Reade said it took place. The Intercept’s Ryan Grim confirmed to the DCNF that this friend was not LaCasse.
The other friend said Reade described experiencing sexual harassment from Biden in 2007 or 2008 while she worked in Biden’s Senate office. This friend met Reade over 10 years after Reade says the assault took place, the publication reports.
The former vice-president gave his first TV interview on the matter on Friday, straight out denying former aide Tara Reade’s allegations.
Reade says she filed a complaint at the time of the alleged incident and was subsequently fired. But she said last week that the complaint did not explicitly accuse Biden of sexual assault.
Biden requested that the secretary of the Senate, locate and make public any paper trail relating to a complaint Reade says she made to the Senate personnel office.
On Monday the secretary said the Senate legal counsel had reviewed relevant laws and, based on strict confidentiality requirements, advised that “the secretary has no discretion to disclose any such information as requested in Vice-President Biden’s letter of 1 May”.