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
Ryan 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
She details an assault she says occurred in
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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
The 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 @ReadeAlexandra 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
Soundcloud, 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
“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
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
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
When allegations of Biden’s inappropriate behavior started surfacing last
year, Biden released a
statement 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
The 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
“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
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
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.”