In the race for the White House, (the American presidential elections are scheduled for November 3), Joe Biden has to face a possible episode from his past. Tara Reade, a 56-year-old woman who was part of her team when he was a senator in Washington in 1993, accuses him of sexual assault. Made public at the end of March, the business gradually began to make the headlines of several major news sites across the Atlantic.
The act: one day the latter would have pressed her against a wall in a corridor of the Congress, “before kissing her on the neck“and”penetrate her with her fingers“, assures Tara Reade.
On April 9, she reported to Washington police, claiming to have been “sexually assaulted” in 1993, but did not name Joe Biden. “This report is classified,” a police spokesman told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday, without giving further details.
Prescription therefore, but the former assistant explained to Business Insider that she “wanted to make it clear that she was ready to testify under oath or to cooperate with the authorities because it did happen”.
The New york times has since interviewed Tara Reade several times, as well as her relatives and some 20 people who worked with Joe Biden at the material time. One of her friends confirmed to the newspaper that she “told him the details of this accusation at the time”. Another friend and Tara Reade’s brother “said she later told them about a traumatic sexual event involving Mr. Biden”. For their part, several former collaborators of Joe Biden working in the Senate at the same time claimed to have never heard of it. “No other charges of sexual assault emerged during this investigation“The newspaper said. For the past week, The Intercept and Business Insider websites have published new information and the testimony of an old neighbor saying that Tara Reade told her about the attack.
Torn social networks
On social media, Alyssa Milano said she still supports the candidacy of the former vice president.
“I think that even if we have to believe women, it should not be at the expense of a due process, an investigation. We have to be fair in both directions ”, she comments. “I’m not comfortable with overwhelming a decent man I’ve known for 15 years in the midst of this chaos when there has been no serious investigation. That’s why i stay pretty quiet”, Explained the actress.
– Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 6, 2020
Rose McGowan, actress and activist, immediately responded to her on Twitter in a post that was loved and shared almost 100,000 times. “You are a sham. We have to make sure that the media are responsible. And then you attack Trump and Kavanaugh by saying you have to believe the victims. You are a lie, you have always been a lie. The Democratic Party is one of those who are trying to tarnish Tara Reade’s reputation, just like you. SHAME”wrote Gowan, referring to charges of sexual assault against Donald Trump and the Conservative judge he appointed to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
You are a fraud. This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME https://t.co/B7NHK4k09K
– rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) April 6, 2020
Tara Reade said on Tuesday April 28 that she had completed a report to the Senate in 1993 in which she mentioned the attack, and asked that the text be made public. “Why are these documents protected? Perhaps other people have complained and we will find out in these files, “she asked Fox News. The building containing them replied that nothing would be made public before at least two years after Biden’s departure from the Senate.
On Wednesday evening, Joe Biden was asked about sexual assault … but in the military. Without saying a word about Tara Reade’s serious accusations, he seized this opportunity, during a fundraiser by videoconference, to remind him that he had co-presented a law adopted in 1994 to combat violence against women. He also highlighted his work under the presidency of Barack Obama.