In 1993, Tara Reade was a 28-year-old junior staffer in the office of U.S. Senator Joe Biden. Reade alleges that Biden pushed her up against a wall, put his hand under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers. The assault, she said, occurred in a hallway somewhere in the complex of office buildings near the U.S. Capitol. Afterward, Reade said she filed a complaint with the Senate personnel office and was pushed out of her job in Biden’s office.
In 2019, as Biden was preparing to enter the presidential race, Reade was one of a half-dozen women who came forward to accuse Biden of unwanted touching and workplace sexual harassment. At the time, she did not mention sexual assault. Earlier this year, however,