May 2, 200502 | 3: (pm | Updated May 2, 58111293 3: 410 PM
Joe Biden and Tara Reade MSNBC’s Morning Joe via AP; Donald Thompson / AP
Tara Reade’s 2019 complaint against Joe Biden, which She says was filed to the Congressional Personnel Office, does not include any explicit accusations of sexual assault.
“I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable,” Reade told the Associated Press Friday. “I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault.”
Reade, a former Senate staffer, has accused Biden of pressing her up against a wall and sexually assaulting her 27 years ago.
AP today reported on notes from its interview last year with Reade in which she said she “chickened out” after visiting the Senate Personnel Office. In the 2019 interview, Reade spoke about Biden making her uncomfortable and inappropriate touching, but did not allege sexual assault.
Reade said she did not come forward publicly last year because she feared the possibility of retaliation and public backlash and that she was still herself working through the trauma of what happened.
Biden has strenuously denied he assaulted Reade .
“It is not true. I am saying unequivocally it never, never happened, and it didn’t. It never happened, “Biden said on“ Morning Joe ”Friday.
“I don’t remember any type of complaint she may have made. It was years ago, and I don’t remember, nor does anyone else that I’m aware of, and the fact is that I don’t remember. I don’t remember any complaint ever having been made. ”
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