Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleged she was sexually assaulted by former Vice President Joe Biden when he was a Senator from Delaware recently told The Associated Press that the complaint she filed 27 years ago did not accuse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexual harassment or assault explicitly.
“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 AP on Friday. “I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault.”
Reade, previously said that she filed a sexual harassment complaint against Biden, and said that “uncomfortable” was the main word she used in her complaint and emphasized that she was fearful of retaliation. She said that she intended to report the harassment and assault but “chickened out.”
The existence of said report has become a crucial factor in the accusations against Biden. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has vehemently denied these allegations. On Friday, his campaign called for the secretary of the Senate as well as the National Archives to assist in locating the alleged complaint file.
Reade, however, has not claimed that the filing detailed the sexual assault allegation she reported in March. According to her, she did not formally report the alleged sexual assault until April of this year, when she filed a police report in Washington, D.C., so any previous documents most likely won’t produce evidence related to the assault allegation itself.
Reade’s claim received increased attention when Reade’s former neighbor attested that Reade told her about the allegations in the mid-1990s, she even went on the record to corroborate the accusation.
Democrats, along with the mainstream media, have received backlash this week from critics who point to how they addressed allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Biden and see a double standard.