Joe Biden’s former staffer, Tara Reade, says the former Vice President and presumptive Democratic nominee, assaulted her in 1993. Reade’s Senate ID card can be seen on the right.
Associated Press, Tara Reade
The Associated Press reported Saturday that Tara Reade, the former Biden staffer who says he sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, said her decades-old complaint to a congressional personnel office didn’t contain the words “assault” or “harassment.”
In a tweet Saturday, Reade said the Associated Press report was “false” but did not elaborate.
She last year accused Biden of inappropriately caressing her, but didn’t publicly allege Biden had sexually assaulted her until March 2020.
Reade alleges Biden assaulted her in a Senate corridor in 1993 when he put his hands under her skirt and underwear without her consent.
Biden has denied all accusations against him.
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Tara Reade, the former staffer of former Vice President Joe Biden who alleged Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, has disputed a recent report saying she didn’t explicitly refer to sexual harassment or assault in her complaint to a congressional personnel office.
“This is false,” she tweeted just before 4 p.m. in response to a link to the Associated Press report. She did not say what exactly was false about the story, and Reade did not immediately return a Business Insider request to clarify what about the report she believed to be untrue.
Reade later told NBC News she was “not sure” what exact wording she used in the 1993 complaint to the Senate personnel office, but said the complaint concerned sexual harassment.
“I filed a complaint re sexual harassment and retaliation but I am not sure what explicit words on that intake form until we all see it again,” Reade told NBC News.
The Associated Press reported Saturday that Reade said the complaint she filed with the Senate personnel office in the 90s did not contain the words “assault” or “harassment.”
“I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable,” the Associated Press quoted Reade as saying. “I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault.”
“I know I didn’t use sexual harassment,” Reade reportedly said of the complaint, which she previously alleged resulted in her being fired from Biden’s office.
According to the report, Reade said she used the terms “uncomfortable” and “retaliation” to describe her interactions with the then-senator. Reade’s comments Monday suggest that even if her complaint to the office be found and made public, it wouldn’t corroborate her accusations that Biden assaulted her.
The now 56-year-old woman has alleged Biden, 77, assaulted her in a Senate corridor in 1993 when he put his hands under her skirt and underwear without her consent. Reade last month filed a complaint with police in DC over the alleged 1993 incident. Biden has entirely denied Reade’s allegations and called for the secretary of the Senate to locate Reade’s 1993 complaint. Reade has said she does not have a copy of the complaint.
As Business Insider previously reported, Reade’s former neighbor is one of a handful of people who have corroborated her story and said Reade discussed her alleged assault by Biden with them in the 90s.
In a recently rediscovered interview with the Associated Press, Reade told the news outlet last year that she “chickened out” after visiting the Senate personnel office. Those comments were not published by the outlet at the time. When the AP followed up Friday about what she meant by “chickened out,” Reade said she meant that she did not file sexual assault or harassment allegations against the then-senator, according to the Saturday report.
As Business Insider previously reported, Reade in April 2019 first told a local newspaper that Biden had inappropriately caressed her, though she didn’t allege sexual assault until March 2020 when she made the accusations during an appearance on a podcast.
“I filed it because I had been harassed so badly last April,” Reade, 56, told Business Insider last month when she filed her complaint with DC police. “I also wanted to make it clear that I would be willing to go under oath or cooperate with any law enforcement regarding it, because it did happen. Even if it was 26 years ago.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated after Reade disputed the contents of an Associated Press report saying she did not refer to sexual harassment or assault in her 1993 complaint against Joe Biden.
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