Alyssa Milano Flips on Joe Biden, Calls for Sexual Assault Accuser to Be 'Heard'
#MeToo activist cites 'new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation' for changing tune
After weeks of refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden's accuser Tara Reade, #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano has finally caved and turned on the former vice president, declaring that his alleged sexual assault victim must be "heard."
Milano's credibility has been in tatters recently after endorsing presumed 2020 Democratic nominee Biden despite the serious sexual assault allegations levied by Reade.
It appears as though her blinkered support may have now come to an end after she tweeted "I hear and see you, Tara" on Monday night.
I’m aware of the new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation against Joe Biden. I want Tara, like every other survivor, to have the space to be heard and seen without being used as fodder. I hear and see you, Tara. #MeToo— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 28, 2020
"I’m aware of the new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation against Joe Biden," Milano said on Twitter.
"I want Tara, like every other survivor, to have the space to be heard and seen without being used as fodder. I hear and see you, Tara. #MeToo"
The “new developments” presumably refer to Reade’s former neighbor, and a self-described "strong Democrat" and supporter of Biden, coming forward to reveal that she was told about the allegations decades ago.
The neighbor's corroboration came shortly after the emergence of a 1993 CNN clip from an episode of “Larry King Live.”
The video seemingly features Reade’s late mother calling into and alluding to her daughter's time working for the then-senator where she said she was forced out of her job following the incident.
#BREAKING: HERE is the video from August 11,1993's 'Larry King Live' described by @TheIntercept (and Tara Reade) as allegedly featuring her mother calling in and alluding to Reade's sexual assault claims against @JoeBiden (blog here by @ScottJW) https://t.co/fCgEqBnX7n pic.twitter.com/V5FGHskv56— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 24, 2020
Milano’s latest comment is a serious shift from what she told Andy Cohen earlier this month when asked about Reade’s allegations — which Biden’s campaign strongly denies.
"I just don't feel comfortable throwing away a decent man that I've known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without there being a thorough investigation and I'm sure that the mainstream media would be jumping all over this... if they found more evidence through their investigation," Milano previously told Cohen.
"So I'm just sort of staying quiet about it."
Many skeptics responded to Milano's latest tweet, however:
When you say, used as fodder, you mean like this? pic.twitter.com/szLPCE9I9X— Rebecca Kavanagh (@DrRJKavanagh) April 28, 2020
I don't believe you.— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 28, 2020
The backpedaling begins.— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 28, 2020
You know everyone in Hollywood, right?— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 28, 2020
Give her the same treatment you did for Christine Blasey Ford.
Otherwise, it’s just empty words & broken promises.
Another actress-turned-activist, Rose McGowen, a victim of disgraced film mogul and convicted sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, recently blasted Milano for her inconsistent advocacy.
"You are a fraud," McGowan tweeted.
"This is about holding the media accountable.
"You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie.
'The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME."
Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield has told Fox News that Reade’s claims are untrue.
"This absolutely did not happen,” Bedingfield said.