Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden denied sexual assault allegations against him on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, breaking his silence after weeks of mounting pressure to respond to claims put forward by former staffer Tara Reade, who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993.
In a statement, Biden said, “I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They aren’t true. This never happened.”
Tara Reade first came forward with her allegations in March, saying Biden pushed her up against a wall and digitally penetrated her.
In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with Reade’s former neighbor Lynda LaCasse, who says that Reade told her about the encounter and described it in detail in the 1990s.
LaCasse is a lifelong Democrat and Biden supporter.
She says of Tara Reade, “I believe her 100%.” We also speak with investigative journalist Rich McHugh, who first interviewed LaCasse for Business Insider.
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