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1996 Court Documents Reveal Tara Reade Talked About Incident On Biden’s Staff

A statement by her ex-husband mentions "sexual harassment" in Biden's office.

There has been a new revelation in the Joe Biden sexual misconduct case. A California court document from 1996 shows that Reade told her ex-husband that she had been sexually harassed while working for then-Senator Biden.

The document, obtained by the San Luis Obispo Tribune and reported by the Merced Sun-Star, is a declaration written by Reade’s then-husband, Theodore Dronen, who was contesting an application for a restraining order that Reade filed after the two filed for divorce. In the filing, Dronen said that Reade told him about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”

In th document, which is dated March 25, 1996, Dronen says that he and Reade met in the spring of 1993 when they worked for separate members of Congress. He goes on to say that Reade told him that she “eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the Senator’s office and left her position.”

Dronen’s filing was a response to a document filed by Reade in support of the request for a restraining order. In that document, which the report does not quote, Reade lists a number of instances of abuse throughout her life. Dronen disputed some of the incidents but said of the incident that occurred while she worked for Biden, “It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on (Reade), and that she is still sensitive and effected (sic) by it today.”

The Biden campaign did not comment on the report but did provide a quote from Ted Kaufman, Biden’s then-chief of staff, who said, “I have consistently said what is the truth here — that she never came to me. I do not remember her and had she come to me in any of these circumstances, I would remember her. But I do not, because she did not.”

“The affidavit from Ms. Reade’s ex-husband is further support that Ms. Reade was sexually assaulted and sexually harassed by then Senator Joe Biden,” Douglas Wigdor, Reade’s attorney, said in a statement.

However, the document specifically refers to “harassment” rather than sexual assault and does not directly implicate Biden as the guilty party. The revelation does support Reade’s contention that something happened while she worked for Biden and that it more than likely involved Biden himself. The big question is what happened.

Reade’s version of events has changed over the years. As recently as last year, she was still describing the incident as harassment although a neighbor recently testified that Reade told her that “she felt like she was assaulted.”

“I don’t remember all the details,” the neighbor said. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.”

Other witnesses to Reade’s testimony give varying stories and details. In a 1993 clip from Larry King, Reade’s mother calls in and mentions unspecified “problems” while working for a “prominent senator.” The nature of the problems and the identity of the senator were not mentioned in the clip.

Last weekend , the Associated Press reported that Reade had said that she did not specifically mention either “harassment” or “assault when she filed a complaint after the incident.

I used ‘uncomfortable,’” Reade said. “And I remember ‘retaliation.’”

At this point, it is evident that Reade believes that something happened, but it isn’t clear what. Did Biden grope and penetrate Reade under her skirt? Was it simply another case of Biden’s unwanted hugs and hair-sniffing? Was it something in between? Voters may have to decide for themselves.

For her part, Reade says she may not vote this year. She has called for Biden to “stand up” and “step down” from the Democratic nomination but says she also does not support Donald Trump.


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