During an interview with Tampa Bay News 9 on Thursday, former Obama Vice President Joe Biden reacted to Tara Reade’s appearance with Megyn Kelly where she called for him to drop out of the race.
Well look, nothing ever happened with Tara Reade. Believing women means taking a woman’s claim seriously when she steps forward, and then vetting it, looking into it. And that’s true. That’s true in this case, too. Women have a right to be heard and the press should rigorously investigate claims like these. I’ll always uphold that principle. But in the end, in every case, the truth is what matters. And in this case, the truth is, these claims are flat-out false.
The Hill reports a 1996 court document obtained by the San Luis Obispo Tribune shows that Tara Reade, the former Senate aide who has accused former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault, told her ex-husband about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”
The new findings come as the Biden campaign has sought to locate a 1993 complaint of sexual harassment Reade claims she filed at the time.
This court document PROVES Tara Reade told her ex-husband, DECADES AGO, about the sexual harassment she experienced while working in Joe Biden's US Senate Office.
A declaration was filed in March of 1996 in the San Luis Obispo Sup. Court by Reade's ex-husband w/ this passage ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/NeZsyyHB3D
— Trisha (@Trisha_Tahmasbi) May 8, 2020
Per the San Luis Obispo Tribune a court document from 1996 shows former Senate staffer Tara Reade told her ex-husband she was sexually harassed while working for Joe Biden in 1993.
The declaration — exclusively obtained by The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, California — does not say Biden committed the harassment nor does it mention Reade’s more recent allegations of sexual assault.
Reade’s then-husband Theodore Dronen wrote the court declaration. Dronen at the time was contesting a restraining order Reade filed against him days after he filed for divorce, Superior Court records show.
In it, he writes Reade told him about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”
It appears to be the only written record that has surfaced from the time that substantiates Reade shared her account in the years following the alleged incident, though a former neighbor came forward last week about similar conversations she said she had with Reade in 1995.
The news came as Reade was preparing for the release of her first on-camera interview since the former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee for president personally denied the allegations May 1 on MSNBC. Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly tweeted about the interview Thursday morning, calling it “a riveting exchange.” She did not indicate when it would be published.
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.
Dronen filed the record in response to a similar declaration written by Reade in support of her restraining order request, in which Reade described incidents of abuse throughout her life. In interviews with The Tribune and other media, Reade has identified herself as a domestic violence survivor and victim’s advocate.
Though the ex-husband disputed many statements Reade made in her declaration, he wrote at the time that the alleged incident in Biden’s office and others described in the document “color (Reade’s) perception and judgment” of her civil case.
Reade has recently said that in 1993, Biden pushed her up against a wall in a semi-private hallway, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers.
In her new exclusive interview with Megyn Kelly, Tara Reade recalls the details of the alleged sexual assault that took place by 2020 candidate Joe Biden.
According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll 30% of Americans believe Joe Biden sexually assaulted Tara Reade.
According to the NYPost, who received an advance copy of the interview, “I remember being pushed up against the wall,” Reade said in the clip obtained by The Post.
“The first thought I had was ‘Where’s the bag?’ which is an absurd thought, but that’s what I thought,” she said.
Becoming emotional, Reade continued her account.
“He had his hands underneath my clothes, and it happened all at once, so when I tell about it, it’s hard because so many things were happening at once, it’s like my brain was trying to catch up to what was happening,” she said.
“So, he had one hand underneath my shirt, and the other had, I had a skirt on, and he went down my skirt and then went up and I remember I was up almost on my tippy toes.
“When he went inside the skirt, he was talking to me at the same time, and he was leaning into me and I pulled this way away from his head.”
As he kissed her neck, he asked in a whisper if she wanted to go somewhere else, she said.
Although she can’t remember everything he said, she still remembers him saying: “I want to f–k you.”
“He said it low and I was pushing away and I remember my knee hurting because he had opened my legs with his knee and our kneecaps clashed so I felt like a sharp pain.
“His fingers were inside of my private area – my vagina – and there was no small talk, there was no precept, it was just sudden and it was happening like that.
“He was saying those things to me and I was pulling away.”
When she refused his advances and was “obviously just tensed up and frozen” Reade said Biden pulled back.
“He looked at me and said ‘What the hell, man, I heard you liked me.’ ”
In a clip released ahead of the full interview release later today, Reade calls for Biden to drop out.