Brave Tara Reade on WBAI radio Wednesday 
interviewed by Katie Halper, on being sexually 
assaulted by Joe Biden in 1993, and how MeToo 
organization "TimesUp" would not defend her (see 
Grim in the Intercept for more on that). Hear 
Katie's interviw with Tara Reade here: 

Joe Biden’s Sexual Assault Accuser Breaks Silence With Graphic Allegations

She details an assault she says occurred in 1993.

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In April of last year, Tara Reade accused 
<>Joe Biden of 
inappropriate behavior when she worked at his 
Senate office in 1993. Now, she’s accusing the 
Democratic presidential nominee of sexual 
assault, according to a graphic interview with podcaster Katie Halper.

When Reade initially came out about her 
experience with Biden, she told 
Union that he did uncomfortable things like “put 
his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my 
neck.” Reade also said that she cut ties with 
Biden’s office over an early 1993 staff argument. 
According to Reade, Biden wanted her to serve 
drinks because he liked her legs. Reade says she 
didn’t hear this directly from Biden but she 
learned of it during her argument with staff. 
Reade refused to serve the drinks, which she 
believes was a move that affected her career.

“My life was hell,” Reade said. “This was about 
power and control. I couldn’t get a job on the 
Hill.” She eventually left Biden’s office in August of 1993.

Now, Reade is speaking out even more with a 
sexual assault allegation against Biden. Katie 
Harper posted an excerpt from an interview done 
with Reade to Twitter around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, 
writing “This is a story that 
has been trying to tell since it happened in 
1993. It’s a story about sexual assault, 
retaliation and silencing. 

In the interview excerpt, which is posted to 
Reade described a graphic 1993 incident where a 
superior asked her to take a gym bag to Biden 
“down towards the capital.” Then she recalls 
being called towards the “side area” where Biden greeted her.

“We were alone and it was the strangest thing,” 
she said. “There was no like exchange really. He 
just had me up against the wall.”

Reade went on to say that she was wearing a 
business skirt with no stockings because it was 
hot at the time. While up against the wall, Reade 
says Biden’s “hands were on me and underneath my clothes.”

“He went down my skirt but then up inside it and 
he penetrated me with his fingers,” Reade emotionally continued.

Reade also said Biden was kissing her and saying 
multiple things to her. She remembered a couple of the comments.

“I remember him saying first, like as he was 
doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else,'” 
she said. “And then him saying to me when I 
pulled away, he got finished doing what he was 
doing, and I kind of just pulled back and he 
said, ‘Come on man, I heard you liked me.’ And 
that phrase stayed with me because I kept 
thinking what I might’ve said and I can’t 
remember exactly if he said ‘i thought’ or ‘I 
heard’ but he implied that I had done this.”

Reade then went on to say that “everything 
shattered in that moment” because she knew that 
there were no witnesses and she looked up to him. 
“He was like my father’s age,” she said. “He was 
like this champion of women’s rights in my eyes 
and I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal.”

Reade then said Biden grabbed her by the 
shoulders and said, “You’re okay. You’re fine” and proceeded to walk away.

Reade said that Biden also told her something 
after the alleged assault that she initially 
didn’t want to share because “it’s the thing that 
stays in my head over and over.” But after some 
pressing from Halper, Reade decided to share:

“He took his finger. He just like pointed at me and said you’re nothing to me.”

Halper said she spoke with Reade’s brother and 
close friend, and both of them recall Reade 
telling them about the alleged assault at the time.

When allegations of Biden’s inappropriate 
behavior started surfacing last year, Biden 
released a 
saying, “In my many years on the campaign trail 
and in public life, I have offered countless 
handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, 
support and comfort.” He continued, “And not once 
­ never ­ did I believe I acted inappropriately. 
If it is suggested I did so, I will listen 
respectfully. But it was never my intention.”

After Reade told her story of Biden’s 
inappropriate touching last year, she says she 
received a wave of attention, including the 
accusation that she was doing the bidding of 
Russian President 
Putin, according to 
Intercept. This caused Reade to go quiet.

However, as Biden’s presidential run persisted, 
Reade began to reconsider staying quiet. To 
obtain legal assistance and to manage what she 
guessed would be serious backlash for her 
accusations, Reade reached out to the Time’s Up 
organization in January 2020. Time’s Up was 
created in the wake of the #MeToo movement to 
help survivors tell their stories.

Ultimately, the group couldn’t assist her because 
the person she was accusing, Biden, was a 
candidate for federal office. Providing legal and 
P.R. support for Reade could reportedly threaten 
the non-profit status of Time’s Up, which is 
housed within the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC).

“As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable 
organization, the National Women’s Law Center is 
restricted in how it can spend its funds, 
including restrictions that pertain to candidates 
running for election,” explained NWLC 
spokesperson, Maria Patrick, to The Intercept. 
“Our decision on whether or not to provide 
certain types of support to an individual should 
not be interpreted as our validation or doubt of 
the truthfulness of the person’s statements. 
Regardless, our support of workers who come 
forward regarding workplace sexual harassment remains unwavering.”

Reade’s sexual assault accusations caused the 
hashtag #IBelieveTara to trend on Twitter on Wednesday.

In a statement to The Intercept, Reade made it 
clear that she was deeply afflicted about coming 
forward about her accusations, considering Biden 
could run against 
Trump, a man Reade said she deeply opposes. “I 
don’t want to help Trump. But what can I do?” she 
said. “All I can do is stand on my truth.”