panupong: Tara Reade: Biden sex attack accuser urges him to quit race

Tara Reade: Biden sex attack accuser urges him to quit race

7 May 2020 at 11:15pm
A woman who accuses Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her 27 years ago has called
on him to quit the presidential race In an interview, Tara Reade urged Mr Biden to "please step forward and be held accountable
She added: "You should not be running on character for the president of the United States Mr Biden, who is set to
challenge President Donald Trump in November, has denied Ms Reade's accusation WARNING: Some readers may find deta
ils in this story upsetting Ms Reade, now 56, worked as a staff assistant to Mr Biden from 1992-93 when he was a senator for
the US state of Delaware She has said that in 1993 he forced her against a wall and put his hands under her shirt and skirt penetrating
her with a finger, after she delivered him his gym bag In her most graphic, detailed account yet of the alleged assault, Ms Reade told
US media personality Megyn Kelly that Mr Biden kissed her neck and told her he wanted to have sex with her, using an obscene term
So, he had one hand underneath my shirt, and the other had, I had a skirt on, and he went down my skirt and then went up and I remember
I was up almost on my tippy toes," she said When he went inside the skirt, he was talking to me at the same time, and he was leaning
into me and I pulled this way away from his head When she refused his advances, she said: "He looked at me and said, 'What the hell
man, I heard you liked me She added: "He pointed his finger at me and he said 'You're nothing to me. You're nothing Ms Reade was asked
by Kelly if she wanted Mr Biden to withdraw from the race I wish he would, but he won't, but I wish he would," she said. "That's how I
feel emotionally Ms Reade offered to take a lie detector test about her claim, on condition that Mr Biden do so also I will take one if
Joe Biden takes one," she said Ms Reade said she had received a death threat after Biden supporters accused her without evidence of
being a Russian agent His surrogates have been saying really horrible things about me and to me on social media," she continued
He hasn't himself, but there is a measure of hypocrisy with the campaign saying it's been safe - it's not been safe
All of my social media has been hacked, all of my personal information has been dragged through Biden campaign communications director
Kate Bedingfield said in a statement after the interview aired that Ms Reade's story contained "inconsistencies Women must receive the
benefit of the doubt," said the statement. "They must be able to come forward and share their stories without fear of retribution or harm
and we all have a responsibility to ensure that At the same time, we can never sacrifice the truth. And the truth is that these allegations

are false and that the material that has been presented to back them up, under scrutiny, keeps proving their falsity Mr Biden, who is
the Democratic party's presumptive presidential nominee, broke his silence on the matter a week ago, appearing on a morning television
show to brand the allegations "false A court document from 1996 shows Ms Reade's ex-husband describing "a problem she was having at work
regarding sexual harassment, in US Senator Joe Biden's office", according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune It was obvious that this event

had a very traumatic effect on [Reade], and that she is still sensitive and effected [sic] by it today," wrote Theodore Dronen, her then-husband
in a legal memo during their divorce battle The file obtained by the California newspaper appears to be the only document from the time
that might describe Ms Reade's allegation Ms Reade's brother, a former neighbour and a former colleague have all said they heard her
describe the accusation against her boss after the alleged incident. And her mother appears to have called a CNN show about the claim

back in 1993 High-powered Manhattan lawyer Douglas Wigdor said in a statement that he is representing Ms Reade. He has represented alleged
sexual assault victims of jailed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein Some Republicans are seizing on the Reade accusation to portray
Democrats as hypocrites who only defend women when claims of wrongdoing are aimed at conservatives Mr Trump himself has faced a barrage
of sexual misconduct allegations, which he also denies. He once boasted of grabbing women by the genitals However, the Democrats have

much more strongly championed the #MeToo movement, which backs women who make accusations of sexual assault and calls for their stories to be heard.
Women are a core constituency for the party, traditionally giving more votes to Democratic candidates than Republicans
Some liberal women have said they believe Tara Reade but will vote for Mr Biden anyway because they view Mr Trump as much worse
November's presidential election will be the first of the #MeToo era, and Mr Biden has framed it as a "battle for the soul of America

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