Tara Reade Biography, Joe Biden Sexual Assault Accuser Tara Reade Wiki
Tara Reade is an American actress, poet, and writer based in California. She was a former intern for Leon Panetta and a former Senate aide for Joe Biden in 1993.
California freelance writer is accusing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked as a Biden staffer.
On Twitter, Reade defines herself as, “Former intern for Leon Panetta, Former Senate aide for Biden, Survivor, Domestic Violence Advocate, Animal Rights, Actress, Writer. Poet.” Her full name is Alexandra Tara Reade. A 2019 story in the Union newspaper in California reported that “employment documents provided by Reade show that she worked in Biden’s office from December 1992 to August 1993.”
Last spring, Biden issued a blanket denial, saying he believes he has never acted inappropriately with women. At that time, Reade had publicly come forward alleging inappropriate touching by Biden but did not make sexual assault accusations then. Heavy.com has also reached out to Biden’s press office for comment on Reade’s new accusations of alleged sexual assault, which she made in a podcast in March 2020, and we will update the story if the reaction is received. The Intercept has reported that Reade “first supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren and then Sen. Bernie Sanders.” She has urged people to vote for Sanders on her Twitter page.
— taratweets ( Alexandra Tara Reade) (@ReadeAlexandra) March 3, 2020
She has also made it clear that she disagrees with Biden on policy questions.
For Cali folks and others voting.
This is Biden’s dismal progressive voting record. Compare it w Sanders.
Sanders will bring real positive systemic change. #DemocraticPrimary #Bernie2020 #NotMeUs pic.twitter.com/81hGnwoJ9E
— taratweets ( Alexandra Tara Reade) (@ReadeAlexandra) March 2, 2020
Tara Reade Initial Accusation was of Bidens Inappropriate Behavior
“My life was hell,” Reade said. “This was about power and control. I couldn’t get a job on the Hill.” She eventually left Biden’s office in August of 1993.
Tara Reade Sexual Assault Allegations against Biden
Podcast host Katie Halper posted Reade’s interview on Soundcloud, writing on Twitter, “This is a story that @ReadeAlexandra has been trying to tell since it happened in 1993. It’s a story about sexual assault, retaliation and silencing. #meToo.” On Twitter, Halper defines herself as “co-host of @rollingstone’s Useful Idiots podcast with Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi. Host of the Katie Halper Show podcast.”
In an excerpt from the podcast, Halper said there was “more to her story” than Reade had shared before publicly. In spring 2019, Reade considered telling her full story, says Halper, “but she was doxed and smeared as a Russian agent. There are now witnesses to the story…her brother and close friend recall her telling them about the incident at the time,” said Halper.
During the interview, Reade alleged the following about Biden. She said that a supervisor called her into the office and said, “I want you to take this to Joe, he wants it. We want you to bring it, hurry. It was a gym bag. She called it an athletic bag. She said he was down towards the Capitol, and he’ll meet you. I went down, and I was heading down towards there. He was at first talking to someone.. and then they went away. We were in like the side, like the side area, and he just said, ‘Hey, come here Tara.’”
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 25, 2020
She added: “I remember a couple of things. I remember him saying, first as he was doing it, ‘Do you want to go somewhere else,’ and then him saying to me when I pulled away. He got finished doing what he was doing, and I pulled back and he said, ‘C’mon man, I heard you liked me,’ and it’s that phrase stayed with me. I kept thinking what I might have said…I can’t remember if he said I thought or heard. He implied that I had done this. For me, it was like everything shattered in that moment because I knew we were alone, it was over, right, he wasn’t trying to do anything more, but I looked up to him. He was my father’s age. He was this champion of women’s rights in my eyes. I couldn’t believe it was happening. It seemed surreal. I felt sick because when he pulled back he looked annoyed, and he said something else to me that I don’t want to say. And then he said, I must have looked shocked. He grabbed me by the shoulders… and he said, ‘You’re OK, you’re fine.’ And then he walked away.”
“I remember the assault itself, and then the aftermath, and the reverberating effects of that,” Reade said in another interview on the alleged incident on Rising with Krystal and Saagar on Hill TV. You can watch that interview below
When allegations of Biden’s inappropriate behavior started surfacing in 2019, Biden released a statement saying, “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort.” He continued, “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
After Reade told her story of Biden’s inappropriate touching last year, she says she received a wave of attention, including the accusation that she was doing the bidding of Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to The Intercept. This caused Reade to go quiet.
Reade began to reconsider staying quiet owing to the fact that Biden is a Predintial hopeful. To obtain legal assistance and to manage what she guessed would be serious backlash for her accusations, Reade reached out to the Time’s Up organization in January 2020. Time’s Up was created in the wake of the #MeToo movement to help survivors tell their stories.
#IBelieveTara was a Trending Hashtag on Twitter after the Podcast
Reade’s sexual assault accusations caused the hashtag #IBelieveTara to trend on Twitter on Wednesday, March 25th.
In a statement to The Intercept, Reade made it clear that she was deeply afflicted about coming forward about her accusations, considering Biden could run against Donald Trump, a man Reade said she deeply opposes. “I don’t want to help Trump. But what can I do?” she said. “All I can do is stand on my truth.”
Tara Reade is a Pro Bernie Sanders
She has posted pro Bernie Sanders commentary on Twitter. The Intercept has reported that Reade “first supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren and then Sen. Bernie Sanders.” She has urged people to vote for Sanders on her Twitter page.
In a tweet in March 2019, she wrote, “I do not have a TV I get my news from @davidsirota tweets or Bernie supporters or my daughter in Seattle. She told me as of Friday a travel ban from Europe into the U.S. & all the public Seattle schools closing for 2 months yikes. #NotMeUs #Bernie2020 #BernieSanders.”
Tara Reade Children
Tara Reade Mother, Family
Of her mother, she explained on Twitter, “Mom was an artist/activist a leader in Committee Against Racism. She took us as children to important marches in Cali & Chicago at one we met Jesse Jackson. She was fierce funny & creative I miss our political talks and her guidance.”