Vice president Joe Biden has “unequivocally” denied having sexually assaulted a former Senate office aide after she made a blistering accusation that he went under her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers.
Now The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California has unearthed a 1996 court document in which the accuser, Tara Reade, told her ex-husband Theodore Dronen that she had been sexually harassed in the Biden Senate office.
According to The Tribune, Dronen corroborated Reade’s harassment allegation in a statement he made in contesting a restraining order Reade had filed against him after he had filed for divorce.
Before this document was discovered, Reade’s allegation had only been verified by few people she had told over the years, but now it appears as if Americans could be inching towards finding out what really happened in 1993 between Ms. Reade and then-Senator Joe Biden.
Dronen stated in his affidavit that Reade had “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”
“In the filing dated March 25, 1996, Dronen testified that he met Reade in the spring of 1993 while the two worked for separate members of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Dronen wrote that Reade told him she “eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the Senator’s office and left her position.”
“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,” Dronen wrote.”
While Republicans are licking their lips and about to say that the sexual assault allegation has been verified, it is important to note that in this affidavit, Biden is not named, nor is a sexual assault allegation mentioned.
The Biden campaign continues to deny that any sexual assault or harassment ever took place, but now that the document has surfaced, T.J Ducklo, the campaign’s national press secretary, has said that the campaign did not have a comment on the matter.
No comment doesn’t really mean No comment.
Instead, the campaign reached out to Biden’s former chief of staff at the time of the incident, Ted Kaufman, and offered a comment from him vigorously denying the allegation.
“I have consistently said what is the truth here — that she never came to me,” Kaufman said. “I do not remember her, and had she come to me in any of these circumstances, I would remember her. But I do not, because she did not.”
A Youtube interview with Tara Reade and Megyn Kelly will soon air with more details of the alleged incident expected to be divulged.
This is a developing story…