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US Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden Denies Sexual Assault Allegation

'Never Happened': US Presidential Hopeful Joe Biden On Sex Assault Allegation

Joe Biden has confronted rising stress to straight tackle the accusation. (FILE)

Washington:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied on Friday that he sexually assaulted a former U.S. Senate aide in 1993, in his first public remarks on the topic after he confronted intense stress to personally tackle the accusation.

“No, It’s not true. I am saying unequivocally it by no means, by no means occurred,” Biden stated in an interview on MSNBC when requested concerning the accusation, which his marketing campaign had already denied.

A California lady named Tara Reade, who labored as a workers assistant in Biden’s Senate workplace from December 1992 to August 1993, has accused Biden in media interviews of pinning her towards a wall in 1993, reaching underneath her skirt and pushing his fingers inside her.

Biden, 77, who would be the Democratic nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump, 73, within the Nov. three U.S. election, has confronted rising stress from inside and outdoors his social gathering to straight tackle the accusation.

In an announcement earlier than the interview, Biden known as on the U.S. Senate to ask the Nationwide Archives to launch any personnel information that would point out whether or not the aide filed a grievance towards Biden on the time.

He stated that non-public papers from his Senate years, which had been donated to the College of Delaware and have but to be made obtainable to the general public, don’t include any personnel recordsdata.

“There’s nothing for me to cover,” Biden stated.

Biden stated he was not conscious of any grievance towards him by Reade and he had not requested anybody to signal a non-disclosure settlement. He stated he wouldn’t query Reade’s motive and didn’t know why she had made the grievance.

Reuters has not been in a position to independently verify Reade’s accusation and likewise was unable to succeed in Reade or a consultant for her for remark.

ACCUSATIONS AGAINST TRUMP

Lately, greater than a dozen ladies have accused Trump of constructing undesirable sexual advances. In all situations, they claimed the purported misconduct occurred years earlier than he entered politics. Trump has denied the accusations, accusing rival Democrats and the media of a smear marketing campaign.

“I believe he ought to reply,” Trump stated of Biden at a media briefing on Thursday forward of the Biden interview. “It may very well be false accusations. I do know all about false accusations.”

A number of information retailers which have printed Reade’s account, together with the New York Instances and the Washington Publish, have interviewed a pal who stated Reade informed her concerning the alleged assault on the time. One other pal informed the Instances that Reade informed her in 2008 a couple of earlier traumatic incident involving Biden. Reade’s brother additionally confirmed elements of Reade’s account to The Intercept and the Publish.

On Monday, the Enterprise Insider information web site printed an interview with a former neighbor who stated Reade informed her within the mid-1990s that Biden had put his fingers inside her.

Reade, 56, informed media interviewers she complained on the time about sexual harassment, although not sexual assault, to a few of Biden’s Senate aides. The Biden marketing campaign launched an announcement from one, Marianne Baker, who stated she by no means obtained any report of inappropriate habits in practically 20 years of working for Biden.

The Publish and Instances interviewed the opposite two aides, each of whom informed the newspapers they’d no recollection of Reade’s grievance.

Reade was considered one of eight ladies who final 12 months got here ahead to say Biden had hugged, kissed or touched them in ways in which made them uncomfortable, although none accused him of sexual assault. Reade publicly accused him of the assault on a podcast in March.

Some distinguished Democratic ladies had stepped ahead to defend Biden, who was President Barack Obama’s vp, and others had requested him to handle the accusation.

“It may’t seem that she’s being ignored simply because it is an inconvenient reality for sure individuals within the Democratic Get together,” stated Nina Turner, who was nationwide marketing campaign co-chair for the presidential marketing campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed Biden.

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