Former Senate aide Tara Reade, who has previously accused President Joe Biden of sexual assault, claimed in a recent interview that Biden "used his power to silence me," The Dan Bongino Show reported.
The claim came during a lengthy conversation with Fox News host Tucker Carlson for his Fox Nation streaming program known as "Tucker Carlson Today."
Carlson aired a portion of that interview on his Fox News show on Monday and said of Reade's allegations that he is now "completely convinced that this is real and that she was able to prove it."
Reade, who worked as an aide for then-Sen. Biden (D-DE) in the 1990s, recalled that at some point, "Biden started acting weird towards me. He would put his hands on my shoulder and put his fingers underneath my hair and do weird things like that."
Asked how such behavior made her feel at the time, she noted that even though there was a "different vibe" in Washington D.C. in the '90s, "it was still weird. I never had an employer that acted like that."
Carlson stated that, at least in public, Biden was perceived as "charismatic and warm," but Reade sought to disabuse him of that notion and revealed, "Behind closed doors, he was very temperamental. He would do this thing where he smiles when he’s angry. It’s very disconcerting."
With regard to her specific allegation against Biden, Reade recounted, "He had me up against a wall and he penetrated me with his fingers against my will."
"And it wasn’t just the assault though, it was everything to do with -- 'here I am, this young staffer, and he did this, and then I made him angry,'" she continued. "And that's someone you don’t want to make angry -- because I said no."
Reade went on to say, "There was no flirtation with him or anything like that. He was usually with people, and he wasn’t. I was at the wrong place at the wrong time, so to speak. And when it happened he at first was like 'c'mon man, I heard you liked me.' And I froze."
"And then he got angry and that’s when he smiled, and that’s what was really jarring. And then he pointed his finger in my face and said 'you’re nothing, you’re nothing to me.,'" she added. "And I must have had a certain look on my face, because then he grabbed my shoulders and said, 'you’re fine, you’re fine.' And then he walked away."
Reade said the entire "shocking" incident probably lasted less than five minutes, but at that moment she knew her "career was over."
"He used his power and resources to silence me," Reade said of Biden. Then, turning her attention to Democrats and their media allies more broadly, she acknowledged, "They took a cannonball to my life. They went after my family."
"So in that day, when he did that assault, he took my future," she added. "I didn't want to sleep with some senator -- I wanted to be one. And that day, it ended."