Former Biden Staffer Says Says Biden Sexually Assaulted Her in 1993
Alexandra Tara Reade, who worked for former Vice President Joe Biden when he was in the U.S. Senate, told podcaster and Sen. Bernie Sanders supporter Katie Halper that Biden had sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Reade claimed that Biden pinned her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her during an encounter on Capitol Hill.
Reade said no one witnessed alleged assault, but recalled that she told her brother and a friend about the assault at the time, which Halper says she confirmed.
Reade told The Union — a Nevada County, California news site — in April 2019 that Biden “would touch me on the shoulder or hold his hand on my shoulder running his index finger up my neck during a meeting.”
Reade also said she was told by Biden staff that she had to serve drinks at a Biden event because he “liked my legs.”
Reade told Salon that she refused to and complained to supervisors Marianne Baker and Dennis Toner, who denied having such a conversation with Reade.
Reade said that her complaints led to her being pushed out of Biden’s office.
However, in December 2018 Medium post, which was deleted after being saved by Archive.org, Reade said she quit working for Biden to work in the arts, loves “Russia with all my heart,” rejected “the reckless imperialism of America” and what she claimed was an anti-Russian view on Capitol Hill.
The Intercept — a news site that supports Sanders — published a story claiming that the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund rejected Reade’s case in 2020 out of political loyalty to Biden.