Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has been accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade, who worked for then-Sen. Biden in the early 90s — and Reade’s former neighbor has now come forward to corroborate some details of her allegation.
When Biden first announced he was running for president, several women came forward to make allegations against him. Those allegations were more centered around Biden making women feel uncomfortable, including the initial allegation made by Reade.
As it turns out, though, her story went further than she initially revealed. When she shared her full account last month, the allegation went from sexual misconduct/harassment to sexual assault.
Reade alleges that in 1993, Biden trapped her against a wall, reached under her clothes and penetrated her with her fingers against her wishes. As is generally the case with sexual assault victims, she stated that she did not say something at the time because she did not think she would be believed, especially since Biden was a well-respected Delaware senator.
Biden’s campaign has denied Reade’s allegation, saying earlier in April that it “did not happen.”
Mother’s phone call
In the clip, a woman who is reportedly Reade’s mother asks King’s panel for advice about her daughter’s “problems” while working for “a prominent senator” — though she did not mention sexual assault or Biden’s name.
“Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?” the woman said. “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.” Reade has identified the caller as her mother.
Neighbor, coworker come forward
Now, a second source has stepped up. Lynda LaCasse, who was a neighbor of Reade’s in the mid-1990s, corroborated certain details of Reade’s assault allegation to Business Insider.
“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse said. She said that Reade told her about the assault a couple of years after it happened, in 1995 or 1996. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him. And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”
For the record, LaCasse is not a Trump fan coming out of the woodwork to attack Joe Biden, quite the opposite. She describes herself as a lifelong Democrat who will still vote for Biden even with these allegations hanging over his head, according to Business Insider. While that may seem a bit twisted, the publication reported that LaCasse’s social media profiles are littered with anti-Trump sentiments.
A third source, Lorraine Sanchez, a woman with whom Reade worked after leaving Biden’s staff, told Business Insider that Reade had told her about being “sexually harassed by her former boss while she was in DC” and being fired for saying something about it to her bosses.