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Biden faces pressure over sexual assault accusation


Former Vice President Joe Biden Associated Press/Photo by Matt Rourke (file)

Biden faces pressure over sexual assault accusation

The Washington Post editorial board called on former Vice President Joe Biden to address an accusation that he sexually assaulted an aide who worked in his U.S. Senate office. The newspaper on Wednesday pushed the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president to release records from his Senate career that may shed light on the matter. Actress Rose McGowan, a leading voice in the #MeToo movement, called for Biden to “answer your taxpayers, answer [the accuser] Tara Reade, stop speaking through your manager.” Biden has not faced questions about the accusation during media interviews.

What is the accusation? In a podcast interview in late March, Reade claimed Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she worked in his U.S. Senate office. The Biden campaign said the incident never happened, but the former six-term senator from Delaware has not personally denied the accusation.

Dig deeper: Read my report in The Stew on Reade going public.


Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C.

@HarvestPrude

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