Washington(Reuters)-a woman who is presumed alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 says in a video interview Thursday, he should leave the White House race.
Tara Reid’s comments, in an interview with the former NBC and Fox journalists Megyn Kelly to six days after Mr. Biden said, in his first public statements of the alleged event, it”never happened.”
“You and I are in there, Joe Biden. Please step forward and be held accountable,”Reed said in a portion of the interview, posted on Twitter by Kelly. “You should not run on the role as Chairman of the United Nations.”
Asked if Biden should quit the race, Reid said:”I want him, but he will not.”
Response to Reed a recent interview, Biden Deputy campaign Manager, Kate Bedingfield said last Thursday,”more and more inconsistent to maintain the emerging”in Reed’s account.
“Women must get the benefit no doubt ask,”Bedingfield said in an emailed statement. “At the same time, we cannot sacrifice the truth. And the truth is that these allegations are false and material has been submitted to them back in the review, to ensure they are false.”
The statement did not address reed’s call for Biden to exit the game.
Reed, who served as a staff assistant at Biden’s U.S. Senate office from 1992 to 1993, with charges against Joe Biden in the media interview of pinning her against a wall in 1993, reached under her skirt and push his finger in her.
Joe Biden, 77, who will be the Democratic nominee to face Republican Chairman Donald Trump, 73, in an MSNBC interview last week”I said clear it’s never, never happened.”
Reed is one of eight women in the last year to say that Biden has to hug and kiss or touch the way they make them feel uncomfortable, although there is no accused him of sexual assault. Reed publicly accuse him of attack on a podcast.
Several press releases Reed’s account, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, an interview with a friend, he said, Reed told her about the alleged attack at the time. Another friend told The Times Reed told her in 2008 before the traumatic event relates to Biden. Reed’s brother also confirmed that parts of Reed’s account of The Intercept and positions.
Reid,56,told the media interview, she complained about the time about sexual harassment, though not sexual assault, three of Senator Biden’s assistant. In Mr. Biden’s campaign issued a statement from one, Mary Anna Baker, who said she had never received any report of misconduct in nearly 20 years working for Biden.
And after the Times interviewed the other two assistants, both of whom told the newspaper that they have no memories of Reed’s complaints.
Biden last week requested the Secretary of the Senate published any records containing a petition or other documents relating to Reid’s allegations, if they exist. The Senate rejected the request because of confidentiality requirements.
Some of the prominent Democratic women, including the US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator and former presidential rival Elizabeth Warren to defend Biden, who is President Barack Obama’s Vice President.
Reed, he describes himself as a Democrat and supporter of the Vermont Senator and former presidential candidate Bernard Sanders has hired a New York lawyer of the Wigdor Law Firm, which has represented some of the allegations of sexual assault victims The Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, on behalf of her.
The company said in a statement Thursday, the partner, Douglas Wigdor in support of the ACE in the 2016 presidential campaign, but the company’s representative Reed’s”absolutely nothing to do with politics.”
“We have decided to take this issue on, because every survivor has the right to competent legal counsel, and this is exactly what we will provide,”the statement.
Reporting by John Whitesides and Trevor Haney Carter; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Daniel Wallis