“Whereas the main points of those allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault are difficult, two issues should not difficult. One is that girls need to be handled with dignity and respect, and once they step ahead they need to be heard, not silenced. The second is that their tales must be topic to acceptable inquiry and scrutiny,” Biden mentioned within the assertion.
He continued, “Accountable information organizations ought to study and consider the total and rising document of inconsistencies in her story, which has modified repeatedly in each small and massive methods.”
CNN has spoken with Reade, her former neighbor, a good friend of hers on the time, and her brother concerning the allegation. CNN has additionally spoken with Biden’s marketing campaign and a number of other longtime aides and former staffers to Biden.
This is what we all know concerning the allegation:
Reade publicly accused Biden final yr of touching her shoulders and neck and making her really feel uncomfortable. On the time, she didn’t accuse him of sexual assault.
She first got here ahead together with her sexual assault allegation in opposition to Biden in interviews in latest weeks with a number of media shops, together with CNN.
Reade instructed CNN that in 1993, when she was working as an aide in Biden’s Senate workplace, she was requested to ship a duffel bag to the then-Delaware senator. In a hall someplace within the Capitol Hill advanced, Reade mentioned Biden “had me up in opposition to the wall; he used his knee to unfold open my legs,” and “put his fingers inside me.”
Reade mentioned when she pulled away, Biden mentioned to her, “Come on man. I heard — I assumed you preferred me.” Biden then regarded indignant, in keeping with Reade, and mentioned, “You’re nothing to me. You’re nothing.” She mentioned that Biden ultimately took her by the shoulders and mentioned phrases to the impact of, “You are OK. You are superb,” earlier than strolling away.
Reade has mentioned that she complained to a number of colleagues within the workplace about interactions with Biden that made her uncomfortable, however not concerning the alleged assault. Reade has additionally mentioned that she filed a grievance with a personnel workplace on Capitol Hill on the time, however that she doesn’t have a duplicate of it. It’s unclear what sort of grievance — and with what workplace — Reade might have filed. She has mentioned she filed a grievance associated to the uncomfortable interactions within the workplace, however not sexual assault.
The ‘Larry King Dwell’ video
Reade mentioned on the night time of the alleged assault she spoke on the telephone together with her mom, Jeanette Altimus, who was “adamant” that she name the police. She mentioned she didn’t name the police. Reade mentioned she recollects her mom telling her someday after the alleged assault that she had known as into Larry King’s present. Altimus died just a few years in the past.
A newly surfaced video from 1993 seems to function the mom of Reade calling into Larry King across the time of the alleged assault to hunt recommendation about “issues” her daughter had been having whereas working for a “distinguished senator.”
In a “Larry King Dwell” phase that aired on August 11, 1993, on CNN, an unnamed lady calls in to the present together with her location recognized on the display screen as San Luis Obispo, California. The present was concerning the cutthroat nature of Washington, DC, politics and media. The lady doesn’t point out sexual assault or harassment, nor does she describe in any element what “issues” she is likely to be referring to. Her daughter’s title and Biden are additionally not talked about.
In a telephone interview with CNN, Reade mentioned she is for certain the voice within the video belongs to her mom.
Former neighbor’s story
LaCasse mentioned it was 1995, maybe even early 1996, based mostly on her recollection. LaCasse mentioned she usually sat outdoors on her stoop smoking Virginia Slims, and that on this explicit day, she cried as she mentioned with Reade a custody battle for her children. Reade started to cry too, LaCasse mentioned.
“She began speaking about Joe Biden. And I did not actually know a lot about Joe Biden,” she mentioned. LaCasse mentioned that Reade instructed her that when she was working in Washington some years prior, Biden “had pushed her up in opposition to a wall and he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her, and she or he was coping with the aftermath of that.”
CNN verified by public data searches, images and an examination of Reade’s previous authorities identification that LaCasse and Reade had been as soon as neighbors.
Good friend’s story
A good friend of Reade’s, who requested to stay nameless to be able to defend her privateness, instructed CNN that Reade instructed her on a number of events whereas she was working in Biden’s Senate workplace about bodily interactions with the then-senator that had made her really feel uncomfortable.
The good friend instructed CNN that she and Reade turned shut within the early 1990s when she spent a number of semesters interning in Washington, DC, to obtain faculty credit. Considered one of her internships was with the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy.
In 1993, when the good friend was again at school, she obtained a telephone name from Reade. Reade instructed her intimately that she had been sexually assaulted by Biden on Capitol Hill. The good friend mentioned she believes Reade known as her inside days of the alleged assault. The good friend mentioned she suggested Reade in opposition to submitting a police report on the time.
Reade’s brother’s story
Moulton later instructed CNN that Reade instructed him within the early 1990s that she had been requested to deliver Biden his gymnasium bag, and that in a non-public setting, he had cornered her in opposition to the wall and put his arms below her garments.
Biden marketing campaign response
Earlier than Biden denied the allegation himself in an announcement and on digital camera, Biden’s deputy marketing campaign supervisor and communications director, Kate Bedingfield, issued an announcement calling Reade’s allegation “unfaithful.”
“Vice President Biden has devoted his public life to altering the tradition and the legal guidelines round violence in opposition to ladies. He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence In opposition to Ladies Act. He firmly believes that girls have a proper to be heard – and heard respectfully,” Bedingfield mentioned. “Such claims must also be diligently reviewed by an unbiased press. What is obvious about this declare: it’s unfaithful. This positively didn’t occur.”
Former Biden aides reply
Marianne Baker, who was Biden’s government assistant within the 1980s and 1990s when Biden was a senator, additionally beforehand mentioned in an announcement offered by the Biden marketing campaign that she was by no means conscious of any stories of inappropriate conduct, together with from Reade.
“In all my years working for Senator Biden, I by no means as soon as witnessed, or heard of, or obtained, any stories of inappropriate conduct, interval — not from Ms. Reade, not from anybody. I’ve completely no information or reminiscence of Ms. Reade’s accounting of occasions, which might have left a searing impression on me as a lady skilled, and as a supervisor,” Baker mentioned. “These clearly false allegations are in full contradiction to each the internal workings of our Senate workplace and to the person I do know and labored so intently with for nearly twenty years.”
Dennis Toner, who was Biden’s deputy chief of employees on the time and one of many individuals Reade mentioned she had mentioned her complaints with, instructed CNN in an interview on Thursday that he had no recollection of Reade or any dialog associated to sexual harassment allegations.
“I clearly would keep in mind if we — that’s, if Tara and myself — had any form of dialog concerning sexual harassment allegations, not to mention one thing involving Sen. Biden. It could stick in my thoughts. It could be burned in my thoughts,” Toner mentioned. “I do not perceive it.”
CNN has interviewed half a dozen former Biden aides who labored in his Senate workplace within the early 1990s. All of them mentioned they weren’t conscious of any sexual harassment or assault allegations.
Lawyer in Biden’s VP vetting: Two months of analysis into Biden’s ‘lengthy document in public service’
The person who led the vetting of Biden as Barack Obama’s potential working mate in 2008 mentioned his staff didn’t discover proof of sexual harassment complaints or allegations throughout Biden’s vetting course of.
Lawyer William Jeffress instructed CNN’s Arlette Saenz that his staff of practically 10 attorneys spent roughly two months “doing each deep dive into his lengthy document in public service,” together with analyzing data and interviewing dozens of former and current staffers to the then-Senator. Jeffress mentioned they particularly regarded for and requested if anybody was conscious of complaints or allegations, together with ones pertaining to sexual harassment, made in opposition to Biden.
“We requested everyone an open-ended query — ‘Are you conscious of any complaints of any unlawful, unethical conduct, together with discrimination or harassment?’ And the reply was uniformly no,” Jeffress mentioned. “We by no means heard of any allegation in opposition to him of that kind.”
Jeffress mentioned Reade’s title didn’t come up of their vetting course of, and nobody instructed they converse to her.
Patti Solis Doyle, who served as chief of employees for vice presidential operations throughout the 2008 election, echoed Jeffress’ feedback. Throughout a Saturday look on CNN, Solis Doyle instructed Michael Smerconish that “the choice committee had completed an intensive vet of all vice chairman contenders.”
“if something like a sexual assault or a sexual allegation had come up, definitely, I’d have been given the heads-up on it. And nothing like that ever got here up,” she mentioned.
This story has been up to date to incorporate remark from two individuals concerned within the 2008 vice presidential choice course of or administration.