Joe Biden Set to Directly Address Sexual Assault Accuser's Story in Morning Joe Interview
“The gym bag, I don’t know where it went, I handed it to him and it was gone,” Reade told Halper. “And his hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and then he went down my skirt but then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers.”
Reade claimed that after there was no action taken she filed a written complaint with the Senate personnel office — and soon afterwards had her work duties limited and was moved to a windowless office. (The Times and other outlets were unable to find a copy of the complaint Reade said she filed.)
Two interns from Biden’s office in ’93 told the Times they remembered she did suddenly stop supervising them — one of her job duties — that April, though they said they never saw her and Biden together.
Two other top Biden aides whom Reade said she complained to of harassment in ’93 told PEOPLE they don’t recall working with her or her coming to them.
"If it happened, I would have remembered it,” said Dennis Toner, then the deputy chief of staff. “I don't remember it and I don't believe it's accurate."
“She did not come to me. I would have remembered her if she had,” said former Chief of Staff Ted Kaufman, who later replaced Biden in the Senate. “I do not remember her.”
Various staffers from Biden’s years in the Senate, including other women, told the Associated Press, the Post and the Times that they did not witness misconduct and that their experience was not like Reade’s.
“When you work on the Hill, everyone knows who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, and Biden was a good guy,” Melissa Lefko, a former staff assistant from the same period Reade worked with Biden, told the Times.
Lynda LaCasse, who lived in the same apartment complex as Reade in the '90s, told Business Insider on Monday that she felt compelled to back up Reade's story.
"I don't remember all the details," LaCasse said. "I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated."
LaCasse said that Reade told her about the alleged Biden assault one night in either 1995 or 1996 while outside their shared apartment complex in Morro Bay, California.
"We were talking about violent stories because I had a violent situation," LaCasse, now 60, told Business Insider. "We just started talking about things and she just told me about the senator that she had worked for and he put his hand up her skirt."
LaCasse told Business Insider that she's a pro-Biden Democrat but wanted to speak out to defend Reade after witnessing the reaction to Reade's allegations in recent weeks, including the campaign's denial.
LaCasse tells PEOPLE: "I believed Tara at the time she told me that Mr. Biden assaulted her, and I continue to support her now. I feel that the truth needs to be told."
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