Earlier this month, a woman named Tara Reade who previously worked for Joe Biden’s Senate office filed a complaint against the democratic front runner for sexually assaulting her in 1993.
Reade described the situation in detail on a podcast with Katie Halper, stating that Biden pushed her up against a wall and used his fingers to penetrate her without consent. After breaking away from the situation, Biden allegedly claimed he thought she had feelings for him.
Prior to this, Biden allegedly would oftentimes place hands on her and run his fingers along Reade’s neck in the office. However, Reade did not feel comfortable filing a complaint for this behavior.
Reade decided to officially file a criminal complaint in order to show her willingness to speak about the sexual assault under oath even though it took place over 26 years ago.
And Reade isn’t the only one to come forward with such allegations. She stands as just one of several women who have publicly come forward with similar stories.
When questioned about the incident, a spokesperson for Biden’s made the following statement: “Women have a right to tell tehir story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”
At first, Reade’s story gained little traction. In fact, one of the only major outlets to report on the event was Yahoo news. However, more recently the police department in charge of the case claimed they’re now actively investigating the allegation.
Given the statute of limitations, the statement by the police department struck many as an unusual sign indicating the severity of the case.
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