Tara Reade: Hillary Clinton is 'Enabling a Sexual Predator' by Endorsing Joe Biden
Biden's sexual assault accusers blasts Hillary over endorsement amid allegations
Joe Biden's sexual assault accuser Tara Reade has slammed Hillary Clinton for endorsing the former vice president's presidential campaign on Tuesday night.
Reade, Biden's former Senate staffer who alleges the then-Senator raped her in 1993, accused Hillary of "enabling a sexual predator" over her endorsement of the ex-VP.
"I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. I voted for her in the primary. I'm a lifelong Democrat," Reade told Fox News in response to Clinton's endorsement.
"But yet, what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me," she added.
"Hillary Clinton has a history of enabling powerful men to cover up their sexual predatory behaviors and their inappropriate sexual misconduct."
"We don't need that for this country" Reade declared.
"We don't need that for our new generation coming up that wants institutional rape culture to change."
"I will not be smeared, dismissed or ignored," she added.
"I stand in truth and I will keep speaking out."
Biden's campaign has categorically denied Reade's accusations.
Clinton -- who was the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential election, later losing to now-President Trump -- joined Biden in a virtual women's town hall on Tuesday, where she officially threw her support behind the former vice president.
"Joe Biden has been preparing for this moment his entire life," Clinton said.
"And for me, this is a moment that we need a leader, a president like Joe Biden."
The former Secretary of State teased her endorsement on social media before the campaign appearance.
"A little hint about who the surprise guest will be for @JoeBiden's 3pm ET town hall today: (She's excited.)," Clinton wrote, sharing an image of her with Biden and former President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
The allegations against Biden were not addressed at the virtual women's town hall.
While the Biden campaign has strongly denied Reade's claims, Biden himself has not addressed the controversy despite the roughly dozen TV interviews he has done since his accuser came forward in March.
There have been major developments in recent days regarding Reade's allegations.
On Friday, a "Larry King Live" clip from 1993 purportedly showing Reade's mother calling in to the show anonymously and alluding to her daughter's "problems" with a "prominent senator" was brought to light.
#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
On Monday, two more people -- a former neighbor and a former colleague of Reade's -- came forward to back her claims after conversations they had back in the '90s.
The neighbor, Lynda LaCasse, said the two discussed her alleged allegation against Biden between 1995 and 1996.
“I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse - who describes her self as a "strong Democrat" and Biden supporter - told Business Insider.
"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."
"She was crying," LaCasse continued.
"She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying.
"I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.”
"I don’t remember all the details,” she added.
"I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”
Reade is now calling on the University of Delaware to unseal documents it has from Biden's tenure as a senator, which she believes may include her formal sexual harassment complaint.
"I'm calling for the release of the documents being held by the University of Delaware that contain Biden's staff personnel records because I believe it will have my complaint form, as well as my separation letter and other documents," Reade told Fox News on Tuesday.
"Maybe if other staffers that have tried to file complaints would come to light -- why are they under seal?
"And why won't they be released to the public?"