A video from 1993 has surfaced of the mother of Tara Reade, the former aide to Joe Biden who has accused him of sexual assault, calling into CNN’s “Larry King Live” and talking about problems her daughter faced.
As first reported by the Intercept, an unnamed woman from San Luis Obispo, California, called into King’s show and said, “I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him.”
Tara Reade has confirmed to POLITICO it was in fact her mother’s voice.
In the video, Larry King asks the woman, “She had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?”
The woman replies, “That’s true.”
In March, Tara Reade said in 1993 Joe Biden digitally penetrated her without her consent. Last year, Reade also said that Joe Biden inappropriately touched her at the time, including on her neck and shoulder.
Before the Larry King video was discovered, Tara Reade had told mainstream media outlets, including POLITICO, that her mother had called into his show.
“She called him, I think, ‘a prominent senator,'” Reade said in an interview last month. “She didn’t get into the assault, she got into the harassment. She said my daughter was sexually harassed by a very prominent senator, and then they retaliated and fired her.”
“This is my mom. I miss her so much and her brave support of me,” Reade also said in a tweet late Friday evening.
In the video clip, the woman does not reference sexual harassment or firing. She does, however, talk about an unnamed “prominent senator.”
Joe Biden’s campaign hasn’t provided any comment regarding the video. But Kate Bedingfield, his deputy campaign manager, and communications director, previously denied Tara Reade’s allegations.
“Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women. He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully,” she said. “Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: it is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”
Multiple women have accused Joe Biden of inappropriately touching them, but so far Tara Reade is the only person who has gone on the record.
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