Joe Biden has addressed assault allegations from former staffer Tara Reade — saying the 1993 incident never happened.
“They aren’t true. This never happened,” the presumptive Democratic nominee said in a statement on Friday morning.
Biden also claimed that Reade never raised concerns with supervisors or senior staffers at the time of the alleged assault.
“News organizations that have talked with literally dozens of former staffers have not found one – not one – who corroborated her allegations in any way,” he wrote in the statement which was released before an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
“Indeed, many of them spoke to the culture of an office that would not have tolerated harassment in any way – as indeed I would not have.”
The presumptive Democratic nominee had dodged commenting on the accusations from his former staffer for weeks.
His campaign has emphatically denied claims and had circulated talking points to Democrats instructing them to say it never happened.
Reade has accused Biden of pinning her against a wall in 1993 when she was a staff assistant to Biden’s Senate office. She said Biden reached under her skirt and assaulted her.
Reade has called for Biden to release his Senate records which she believes will have her original complaint form, separation letter and other documents relating to the alleged assault.
The thousands of boxes of documents from his 37 years in the Senate are kept by the University of Delaware which has refused to make them public.
But Biden on Friday said the personnel records would be kept in the National Archives and called on the Senate to pull the records to exonerate him.
Many Democrats have struggled with the claims after they steadfastly backed Christine Blasey Ford, Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, during his 2018 confirmation hearings and as they continue to highlight the host of accusations facing President Donald Trump.
A former neighbor of Reade’s spoke out earlier this week to say Reade had told her about the attack in the mid-1990s.
Last week, video also emerged of a woman calling into CNN’s Larry King in August 1993 described a situation where her daughter had “problems” while working in a prominent senator’s office.
Reade says that it was her late mother, who died in 2016.
In April, Reade filed a police report in Washington DC about the alleged assault and on Saturday officials said the case had been “moved to an inactive status.”
The former veep’s campaign has steadfastly denied the allegations while also repeatedly saying that women had a right to tell their story.
“We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director, told Business Insider earlier this month.
A report published Thursday revealed the University of Delaware board members have close financial and personal ties with Biden, the chairman even purchasing his home for a “top dollar” price of $1.2 million in the 1990s.
Top Democrat supporters of Biden have defended their pick for president — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday saying she supported him.
“I’m satisfied with how he has responded,” the highest-ranking Democrat said, even though Biden was still dodging the allegations.
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