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Two Women Corroborated Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Allegation Against Joe Biden

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (10571288p) Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the University of South Carolina Carolina Volleyball Center after being declared the winner in the South Carolina Democratic Primary, in Columbia Joe Biden, US Presidential Election Campaigning, Columbia, USA – 29 Feb 2020

Two more acquaintances have corroborated former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s claims that she was sexually assaulted by former Vice President Joe Biden in 1993. Speaking to Business Insider, Lynda LaCasse, Reade’s former next door neighbor, and Lorraine Sanchez, a former colleague who worked with Reade in the California legislature, both confirmed that they spoke to Reade about the alleged impropriety in the mid-1990s. The accounts of the two women amount to the most substantial support for Reade’s accusations thus far.

“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” LaCasse told Business Insider. “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.” 

During a March 25 appearance on The Katie Halper Show podcast, Reade claimed that Biden pushed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her during her time as a staffer in his Senate office. She also reported that she was alleviated of some of her duties as a supervisor following the assault, claims that a former Senate intern later corroborated with the Washington Post.

Last Friday, more evidence emerged buttressing Reade’s allegations after The Intercept surfaced a call matching the description of one Reade claimed her mother had placed to the Larry King Show seeking advice for her daughter, who was experiencing “problems” in the office of a “prominent senator.” Reade has long maintained that she told her mother, brother, and a friend about the assault when it first happened, and a report by the New York Times confirmed that Reade did disclose the allegations to her brother.

The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to Refinery29’s request for comment on the new support for Reade’s claims, but the allegations alone mean that both Biden — the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — and incumbent president Donald Trump both stand accused of sexual assault heading into the November general election. 

The allegations put voters who value gender rights and reproductive justice in the unenviable position. The choice now remains between supporting Biden, a candidate who is not only facing assault allegations, but who stands accused of silencing Anita Hill, and sitting President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by at least 20 women.

“It takes great courage and strength to come forward,” Sanchez told Business Insider of Reade’s allegations. “It’s much easier to keep silent. However, I also understand the duty we have as women to share our story regardless of who the perpetrator may be.”

Refinery29 has reached out to Joe Biden’s team for comment. We will update this story when we know more.

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