Earlier this month, Tara Reade, a former staffer to then-Sen. Joe Biden, said that the current front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination sexually assaulted her 27 years ago while she was working in D.C.
While the Biden campaign has categorically denied Reade’s allegation, and mainstream media outlets have largely refused to even cover the story, new evidence has emerged that appears to support her claim, the Daily Caller reports.
Potentially damning video emerges
On Friday, the Media Research Center uncovered video footage of an anonymous woman calling into an episode of the Larry King Live program on CNN back in 1993.
The caller was identified as hailing from San Luis Obispo, California, which was where Reade’s late mother was living at the time, and she spoke of having a daughter who had been mistreated by “a prominent senator.”
That’s important, because during an interview with The Intercept, Reade noted that her mother had indeed called in to King’s show, but couldn’t remember the specific time frame — or even the specific year — in which that call occurred.
“I remember it being an anonymous call and her saying my daughter was sexually harassed and retaliated against and fired, where can she go for help? I was mortified,” Reade recalled.
Reade authenticates mother’s voice
After viewing the footage from King’s show, Reade reportedly insisted that the woman who called in was, in fact, her mother, remarking, “Aww, I have not heard my mom’s voice in a while.”
The video begins with King greeting the caller, who begins by saying, “Yes, hello, I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?”
“My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him,” she added.
“In other words,” King replied, “she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it.”
“That’s true,” the female caller confirmed.
Reade claims to have reported the alleged assault to Biden’s office manager at the time, Marianne Baker. For her part, according to NPR, Baker has denied that such a claim was made to her, saying in a statement, “In all my years working for Senator Biden, I never once witnessed, or heard of, or received, any reports of inappropriate conduct, period — not from Ms. Reade, not from anyone.”