Biden under pressure to address sexual assault allegation


Biden himself has not addressed the allegation, and the former vice president has not been questioned on the matter in recent interviews with national and local media. Independently, the campaign released a statement from Marianne Baker, an executive assistant to Mr Biden from 1982 to 2000, who said: "In all my years working for Senator Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period".

Trump, 73, a Republican who will face Biden in the November 3 general election, has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual assault and misconduct over the years, allegations which he and his aides have consistently denied. And they've lamented that the #MeToo movement will be damaged by electing the Democratic nominee to the White House and that Biden's feminist critics will be demonized for hurting his candidacy.

A friend told The New York Times that Reade told her about the allegations at the time of the incident.

Jeffries told the outlet, "It's got to be taken seriously because this is a serious allegation raised by a serious individual and needs to be investigated seriously". One of them - a former neighbor of Reade's - has told Insider for the first time, on the record, that Reade disclosed details about the alleged assault to her in the mid-1990s.

Reade, 56, told the Washington Examiner Wednesday that she had filed the report due to concerns over her safety and had expected that it would not result in criminal charges but maintained that her allegation is true.

Reade, who was among the women who came out previous year with stories about Biden being too handsy, claiming he "just had her up against the wall" in a Capitol Hill hallway in 1993, when Reade worked on his staff during his tenure as a senator for Delaware. She said she complained to senior Biden aides about feeling uncomfortable, but not about sexual assault. She told the paper that she was asked to serve drinks at an event because Biden liked her legs and, when she refused, was sidelined and eventually pushed out of his employ.

She alleges that in 1993 he sexually assaulted her by penetrating her with his fingers without her consent in the hallway of a Capitol Hill office building after she brought him a gym bag. Reade was one of seven women who came forward past year to allege that Biden had touched or kissed them inappropriately.

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Former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is endorsing fellow Democrat Joe Biden's campaign for the office she once sought.

"Just think what a difference it would make right now if we had a president who listened to the science", Clinton said.

Fresh reporting has re-energized calls for Biden to address the subject. The woman, who Reade identified as her late mother, said her daughter did not want to go public with the allegations out of respect for the senator.

The Biden campaign has denied Ms. Reade's allegation. They pointed to investigations by The New York Times, The Washington Post and the AP that found no other allegation of sexual assault and no pattern of sexual misconduct.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) on Tuesday also said she backed the former vice president.

Clinton's endorsement of Biden will be a role reversal for the two Obama administration officials, who were once rivals in the 2008 Democratic primary, and expected to face off in the 2016 presidential race, before Biden announced he would not seek the nomination following the death of his son, Beau Biden in 2015. But she said she believes Biden: "He has devoted his life to supporting women".

Biden allies and potential running mates have stood by Biden, pointing to his long record of championing women's issues.