Joe Biden Has Been Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Former Staffer
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Content note: This story contains graphic discussion of sexual assault.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been accused of sexual assault from a former staffer. The alleged victim has gone on the record with her name to tell her story, which occurred in 1993, on a podcast called The Katie Halpern Show. Please note that the story is graphic and detailed, and Revelist has not been able to independently verify the allegations.

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The alleged victim's name is Tara Reade.

Joe Biden Has Been Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Former Staffer
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Tara Reade was a Senate aide for Biden in 1993. On Halpern's podcast, Reade described a disturbing incident that allegedly occurred at the Capitol. As she describes it, she was asked to fetch a gym bag for Biden and drop it off to him. When she approached him, he was speaking with someone else.

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That's when the situation became violent.

"I handed him the thing. He greeted me. He remembered my name. And then we were alone. It was the strangest thing," said Reade. "There was no, like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall." From there, she describes what she was wearing that day.

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"It was a hot day."

Reade remembers what she wearing — a business skirt and no stockings, because "kind of a hot day." She also recalls wearing a blouse and heels.

Like many victims, she also remembers sensorial aspects of the assault. He pushed her against a wall, and "the wall was cold," said Reade.

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"It happened all at once."

Before Reade realized what was happening, "his hands were on me and underneath my clothes." He pushes his hands down her skirt. "He penetrated me with his fingers and he was kissing me at the same time," she said. Biden also began saying things to her, though she couldn't recall what he said.

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"Do you want to go somewhere?"

Appalling, Biden then asks Reade if she wants to "go somewhere" with him when she pulls away. "I pulled back, and he said, ‘C’mon man, I heard you liked me,’ and it’s that phrase that stayed with me," she said. 

"He grabbed me by the shoulders…, and he said, ‘You’re OK, you’re fine.’ And then he walked away."

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Reade describes the disconnect she felt.

Joe Biden Has Been Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Former Staffer
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"He was this champion of women’s rights in my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal," said Reade, also noting that Biden is her father's age.

At one point, Biden told her "you're nothing to me."

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She's reached out to Time's Up.

Joe Biden Has Been Accused Of Sexual Assault By A Former Staffer
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Reade reached out to Time's Up for assistance, but was told that the organization could not investigate her claims, reported The Intercept. Biden is a candidate for public office, and Time's Up could lose their nonprofit status per federal regulations.

Revelist has reached out to the Biden campaign and Time's Up for comment.