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Joe Biden accused of sexual assault by former Senate aide Tara Reade

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Joe Biden, the former Vice President and presumtive Democratic nominee for President of the United States, has been accused of sexual assault by former Senate aide Tara Reade, according to the New York Times. Mrs. Reade has accused Mr. Biden of assaulting her in 1993 and claims that she told others about it. A spokeswoman of Biden says that the allegation is false. Reade filed a criminal complaint with the Washington, DC, police on April 9, according to Vox. Reade told Business Insider that she filed the report because she had been harassed in the past and “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.” She says she also filed a complaint with the Senate in 1993 about Mr. Biden, but she does not have a copy of it and no copy has been found at this time. ~

Reade and seven other women came forward to accuse Mr. Biden of touching them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable last year. Reports of Biden acting inappropriately have been circulating for many years, but those reports received more serious attention after Lucy Flores, a former candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, wrote in a March 2019 essay at The Cut that Biden had kissed her on the back of the head at a campaign event in 2014. “I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything,” Flores wrote. “I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.” ~

Biden has not responded directly to Reade’s allegation, but in a video statement in early April, he said, “I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’” However, he admitted “the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset” and pledged to change his behavior. While Reade is no fan of Trump, she said she is disturbed by the fact that Biden is “running on a platform of character.” Details of Reade’s allegation and what is to come next for the presumptive Democratic nominee remain unknown. ~

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