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Biden Accuser Tara Reade’s Claims of Sexual Assault Bolstered By Two New Witnesses

Biden Accuser Tara Reade’s Claims of Sexual Assault Bolstered By Two New Witnesses

The former neighbor declared the alleged assault happened “because I remember talking about it” with Reade in the mid-90s.

A former neighbor and former colleague of Tara Reade, the woman who accused presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993, told Business Insider she told them about the alleged assault in the mid-1990s.

These two people join Reade’s brother Collin Moulton and another friend who wants to remain anonymous as those who can corroborate her story.

Reade said the alleged assault happened in 1993:

In interviews with Insider, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the politics podcaster Katie Halper — who broke the story of the assault allegations — Reade has said that in the spring or summer of 1993, she was told to meet Biden in a semiprivate corridor to deliver a duffel bag. There, she said, Biden pushed her up against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers. When she resisted his advances, Reade said, Biden expressed annoyance and said, “Aw man, I heard you liked me.” Then, she said, he pointed a finger at her and said, “You’re nothing to me.” After that, she said, he shook her by the shoulders and said, “You’re OK, you’re fine,” before walking away.

Before the alleged assault, Reade said, she had already complained to her superiors in Biden’s office that the way Biden looked at her and touched her made her uncomfortable. She got no response, she said, and after the alleged assault was abruptly relieved of her duties managing interns. She said she later filed a complaint about her treatment — but not the about the assault allegation — with a Senate human-resources office.

Former Neighbor Lynda LaCasse

Lynda LaCasse declared the alleged assault happened “because I remember talking about it” when she lived next door to Reade in the mid-90s.

LaCasse said she would smoke on her porch after she put her daughter to bed. Reade would join her sometimes.

Reade brought it up when the two women spoke about violent stories. LaCasse told Reade she “had a violent situation,” which led to Reade saying the “senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt.”

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LaCasse told Insider that in 1995 or 1996, Reade told her she had been assaulted by Biden. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

LaCasse said that she remembers Reade getting emotional as she told the story. “She was crying,” she said. “She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying. I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.” LaCasse said she does not recall whether Reade supplied any other details, like the location of the alleged assault or anything Biden may have said.

“I don’t remember all the details,” LaCasse said. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”

LaCasse is the first person to independently corroborate, in detail and on the record, that Reade had told others about her assault allegations contemporaneously. Reade’s brother Collin Moulton previously told Insider that he recalled his sister saying that Biden “had his hand under her clothes at some point.”

LaCasse is anti-President Donald Trump. She supports Biden and still does. But since Reade’s story has faced scrutiny, LaCasse has felt the need “to come out and say this.”

Former Colleague Lorraine Sanchez

Reade worked for California State Senator Jack O’Connell after she left DC.

Lorraine Sanchez worked with Reade in the office from 1994 to 1996:

Sanchez told Insider that Reade complained at the time about being mistreated by her former employer.

“[Reade said] she had been sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in DC,” Sanchez said, “and as a result of her voicing her concerns to her supervisors, she was let go, fired.”

Sanchez said she does not recall if Reade offered details about the sort of harassment she allegedly suffered, or if she named Biden. “What I do remember,” Sanchez said, “is reassuring her that nothing like that would ever happen to her here in our office, that she was in a safe place, free from any sexual harassment.” Reade said she never experienced harassment from any other employer she had during her time in Washington, and that the employer Sanchez recalls her complaining about was Biden.

Sanchez praised Reade for speaking out. “It takes great courage and strength to come forward,” Sanchez said in a statement to Insider. “It’s much easier to keep silent. However, I also understand the duty we have as women to share our story regardless of who the perpetrator may be.”


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2smartforlibs | April 27, 2020 at 5:04 pm

SO if there is corroboration you can ignore the claim (Joe 30330) but when there is no proof that’s when you have to ruin a man’s life (Kavanaugh).

“I’m so attractive that the celebrity Biden tried to get into my pants.” That’s why she tells friends but not the police at the time.

Did she send the required negative signs at the time to the celebrity Biden? That’s what matters. There’s a mating ritual that has rules. If she sends consent signals then it’s consentual, as far as the guy can tell.

Probably she didn’t, or it’s the police she would have told; as she would if a street bum had done the same thing to her.

So: immediate police report or it didn’t happen (the way she claims). She had a part in it.

    fscarn in reply to rhhardin. | April 27, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Your point of filing the police report is the right course, but doesn’t fit the realities. She was in a tough spot. File a police report, lose your job. Don’t file a report and try to resolve it quietly with Biden’s staff, still lose your job.

    So maybe this is your basic he-said/she-said, but with some enhancements bolstering the she-said side. I’m just taking this as the opportunity to enjoy watching the scab of Democrat hypocrisy being ripped off.

      rhhardin in reply to fscarn. | April 27, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      Yes well either women are to be treated as responsible adults or they’re not.

      Lots of guys won’t kiss the boss’s ass and it’s not treated as needing special whining about.

    p1cunnin in reply to rhhardin. | April 27, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Yes, that is the book approach to a situation like this. But let’s roll back the clock to 1995. Sexual harassment was still not a huge concern in most workplaces. Most organizations wouldn’t address it directly or even investigate it. In this instance, you have a politically oriented woman who wants to stay involved in politics and her accusation was going to be against a United States Senator in the time prior to the Lewinsky scandal. Pretty high likelihood that she would have been disbelieved and never worked in politics again. No repercussions to groping Joe… heck, Clinton got away with much more. So yes, the timing certainly seems politically motivated, but no more so than the accusations against Kavanaugh — and he was a kid when the things he was accused of allegedly occurred, with no apparent subsequent history of issues after the accusations. Groping Joe seems to have a fondness for getting in women’s space.

      Sally MJ in reply to p1cunnin. | April 28, 2020 at 3:53 am

      I remember hearing in the office about sexual harassment. In the 1990s, we Heard about sexual harassment, but I don’t recall anyone ever talking about sexual assault. So I can understand why she would have called it sexual harassment, even though it was sexual assault.

    Milhouse in reply to rhhardin. | April 27, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Maybe, but Biden made his bed when for fleeting partisan advantage he threw his lot in with #BelieveAllWomen. Now he must lie in it.

    snopercod in reply to rhhardin. | April 27, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    I kinda’ hate to ask, but was Reade not wearing any panties? Otherwise, how could Biden put his hand up her skirt and penetrate her with his fingers? Maybe I’m old school but I don’t think going commando is appropriate behavior in the workplace.

      LibraryGryffon in reply to snopercod. | April 27, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Unless the woman is wearing pantyhose, it’s not hard to push that bit of fabric out of the way. Most women’s knickers aren’t exactly chastity belts.

I’ll bet that Biden pull a “Ralph Northam” by refusing to drop out and tries to change the subject to (pick one or more of the following) gun control, abortion, the economic distress people are currently feeling, COVID-19, or the pressing need for reparations for slavery.

What is most galling is that biden has regularly groped children on live television.

This is what it takes to get action?

texansamurai | April 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm

at least she can fix the time, date and place–also with the audio/phone call that appears to be from her mother–and now a couple of acquaintances that will back her up

quite the contrast to the dog and pony show put on against kavanaugh

Biden’s done. DNC will let this play out while the rest of the primaries are cancelled, following New York’s example. This will allow the DNC to keep both Sanders and Biden from getting to 1991 delegates and allow the super delegates to pick the nominee after Biden is either forced to drop out or cast aside at the convention.

I’m astounded that the friend who is backing her claim still supports Biden!
What the heck?!

OH Deplorable | April 29, 2020 at 9:19 am

She and her supporters better be careful taking on the DNC machine with this allegation. Joe Biden is the current favorite son, too many others that have developed a case of “Arkancide” going against the party bosses.