Reade: 'I didn't use sexual harassment' in Biden complaint

  
Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  4 weeks ago  •  31 comments

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Reade: 'I didn't use sexual harassment' in Biden complaint
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment. "I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable," Reade said in an interview Friday with The Associated...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment.

"I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable," Reade said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. "I know that I was too scared to write about the sexual assault."

Reade said she described her issues with Biden but "the main word I used — and I know I didn't use sexual harassment — I used 'uncomfortable.' And I remember 'retaliation.'"

Reade described the report after the AP discovered additional transcripts and notes from its interviews with Reade last year in which she says she "chickened out" after going to the Senate personnel office. The AP interviewed Reade in 2019 after she accused Biden of uncomfortable and inappropriate touching. She did not raise allegations of sexual assault against Biden until this year, around the time he became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

e151e5.gif© Provided by Associated Press In this April 4, 2019, photo Tara Reade poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Nevada City, Calif. (AP Photo/Donald Thompson)

The existence of the Senate report has become a key element of the accusations against Biden, which he has flatly denied. Reade says she doesn't have a copy of the report, and Biden said Friday that he is not aware that any complaint against him exists. He asked the Senate and the National Archives to search their records to try to locate a complaint from Reade.

But Reade is suggesting that even if the report surfaces, it would not corroborate her assault allegations because she chose not to detail them at the time.

According to a transcript of her 2019 interview with the AP, Reade said: "They have this counseling office or something, and I think I walked in there once, but then I chickened out." She made a similar statement in a second interview with AP that same day, according to written notes from the interview.

On Friday, Reade said she was referring to having "chickened out" by not filing full harassment or assault allegations against Biden. In multiple interviews with the AP on Friday, Reade insisted she filed an "intake form" at the Senate personnel office, which included her contact information, the office she worked for and some broad details of her issues with Biden.

On Saturday, Reade told the AP there may have been a box to check on the form noting a sexual harassment complaint, but she couldn't remember and wouldn't know for sure until she saw the form. Reade also said she canceled a planned television interview with "Fox News Sunday" because of security concerns.

Reade was one of eight women who came forward last year with allegations that Biden made them feel uncomfortable with inappropriate displays of affection. Biden acknowledged the complaints and promised to be "more mindful about respecting personal space in the future."

During one of the April 2019 interviews with the AP, she said Biden rubbed her shoulders and neck and played with her hair. She said she was asked by an aide in Biden's Senate office to dress more conservatively and told "don't be so sexy."

She said of Biden: "I wasn't scared of him, that he was going to take me in a room or anything. It wasn't that kind of vibe."

The AP reviewed notes of its 2019 interviews with Reade after she came forward in March with allegations of sexual assault against Biden. But reporters discovered an additional transcript and notes from those interviews on Friday.

A recording of one of the interviews was deleted before Reade emerged in 2020 with new allegations against Biden, in keeping with the reporter's standard practice for disposing of old interviews. A portion of that interview was also recorded on video, but not the part in which she spoke of having "chickened out."

The AP declined to publish details of the 2019 interviews at the time because reporters were unable to corroborate her allegations, and aspects of her story contradicted other reporting.

In recent weeks, Reade told the AP and other news organizations that Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building in 1993, groping her and penetrating her with his fingers. She says she was fired from Biden's office after filing a complaint with the Senate alleging harassment.

The accusation has roiled Biden's presidential campaign, sparking anxiety among Democrats. Republicans have accused Biden backers of hypocrisy, arguing that they have been quick to believe women who have accused President Donald Trump and other conservatives of assault. Trump has faced multiple accusations of assault and harassment, all of which he denies.

Reade says she was reluctant to share details of the assault during her initial conversations with reporters over a year ago because she was scared of backlash, and was still coming to terms with what happened to her.

Two of Reade's associates said publicly this past week that Reade had conversations with them that they said corroborated aspects of her allegation. One, a former neighbor, said Reade told her about the alleged assault a few years after Reade said it happened. The other, a former coworker, said Reade told her she had been sexually harassed by her boss during her previous job in Washington.

The AP has also spoken to two additional people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect their families' privacy, who said Reade had told them about aspects of her allegations against Biden years ago.

One friend, who knew Reade in 1993, said Reade told them about the alleged assault when it happened. The second friend met Reade more than a decade after the alleged incident and confirmed that Reade had a conversation with the friend in 2007 or 2008 about experiencing sexual harassment from Biden while working in his Senate office.

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    4 weeks ago

Ms. Reade has had no choice but to start changing her story when she found out that all of Biden's office communications were archived.

Sexual harassment?  Perhaps.  But sexual assault?  No.

 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    4 weeks ago

Welp.

I guess the GOPers will have to find something else to slam Biden with. This woman gets more and more incredulous by the day

 
 
 
Texan1211
1.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    4 weeks ago

Should be good for at least another month or two, like it was for Kavanaugh.

Reade is at least as credible as Ford was.

 
 
 
Ender
1.2.2  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.2    4 weeks ago

So she goes from not being afraid of him and it wasn't anything like that to being slammed against a wall.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @1.2.2    4 weeks ago

And digitally penetrated

 
 
 
Kathleen
2  Kathleen    4 weeks ago

In any case, you have to watch it with men like that. He sounds like a womanizer to me. 

 
 
 
Dragon
2.1  Dragon  replied to  Kathleen @2    4 weeks ago

Men like that? Sounds like a womanizer? Please explain your rational. 

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1.1  Kathleen  replied to  Dragon @2.1    4 weeks ago

Men that can't keep their hands off of women and say things that are inappropriate. Hows that for starters.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.1    4 weeks ago
Hows that for starters.

Pre-Covid-19, I was an incredibly huggy touchy kissy person.  What did that make me?    

The point here is that Tara Reade is changing her story.  Was there a sexual assault?  No.  Did she experience something she felt was sexual harassment?  Maybe.  She was told by her supervisor (a woman) that she needed to dress more conservatively.  Panty hose were required when wearing dresses and skirts, and anything showing cleavage was a no-no.  This made Ms. Reade very angry.  When she was asked to serve/refresh drinks at political functions, she became more angry.  Why?  Because she seldom saw male staffers doing what she felt were menial tasks.  She was at that office for 6 months before she was asked to leave, yet recently, she was quoted as having said, "I wanted to be a senator, I didn't want to date one."  Unfortunately for her, she didn't understand, or perhaps didn't want to understand, that every one must pay their dues to get ahead, not just in politics, but in pretty much everything.  Had she been serious about politics, she would have taken the directive with a smile, dressed appropriately, and learned how to pour wine without touching the rim of the wine-glass.

If I may, I'd like to offer a personal opinion about sexual harassment vs sexual assault.  Women who experience unwanted comments or hugging or whatever, have a duty, not only to themselves but to others, to express their dislike of that particular treatment at the time it is happening.  There are polite, non-aggressive ways to do it.  Then, if the behavior continues, that's when it becomes sexual harassment, and the behavior should be reported.  Sexual assault never, ever, deserves a second chance.  An immediate trip to the local police station is paramount.  

 

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.1.3  Kathleen  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

So what you are saying is that because of her appearance and demeanor  the ‘what do you expect’ reaction is what she deserves?

You know, you know very well if it was the other way around, there would not be any question that this would be a lot different. 

Do I believe her? I don’t know, but it should be looked into. 

As far as being huggy, touchy and kissy, we all know that it is either innocent affection or just plain creepy. It depends who is doing it. 

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.4  MUVA  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

Please do some more explaining for Joe then tell how us Trump is bad.

 
 
 
MUVA
2.1.5  MUVA  replied to  Kathleen @2.1.3    4 weeks ago

It is sad the double standard is glaring there is no way to take anyone of these me too types serious.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
2.1.6  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  MUVA @2.1.4    4 weeks ago
Please do some more explaining for Joe then tell how us Trump is bad.

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Ozzwald
2.1.7  Ozzwald  replied to  MUVA @2.1.4    4 weeks ago
Please do some more explaining for Joe then tell how us Trump is bad.

Hypothetically, is a serial murderer worse than someone that commits a single murder?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    4 weeks ago
Women who experience unwanted comments or hugging or whatever, have a duty, not only to themselves but to others, to express their dislike of that particular treatment at the time it is happening

I have experiences of inappropriate touching or conversations. At the time I said I didn't like the touching or the way a conversation was going. It ended right there. I didn't feel the need to report anything.

Miss Reade was working in an office. Since it was a Senator's office I do believe nothing less than a conservative pants/skirt suit would be appropriate. And if she were hired for a specific task then it was her job to fulfill those tasks. Tho I do think she should have asked her immediate supervisor why the male staffers weren't required to serve drinks. And then she may have been told they have to perform other menial tasks that may have been inappropriate for her to do.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.9  Trout Giggles  replied to  MUVA @2.1.5    4 weeks ago

So you're not taking Tara Reade seriously?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
2.1.10  Ozzwald  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.9    4 weeks ago

So you're not taking Tara Reade seriously?

He can't, her story is starting to show a few inconsistencies.

 
 
 
devangelical
2.1.11  devangelical  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1.2    3 weeks ago

uh oh, please don't turn me in ...

 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    4 weeks ago
But Reade is suggesting that even if the report surfaces, it would not corroborate her assault allegations because she chose not to detail them at the time.

She doesnt appear to have any evidence. 

I would support a House committee calling her to testify as to her allegations, as long as it is done in a couple weeks from now and not dragged into the campaign time frame later in the summer. 

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @3    4 weeks ago

There should be a FBI investigation like they wanted for Kavanaugh fair is fair, Billie Jean.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
3.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  MUVA @3.1    4 weeks ago
here should be a FBI investigation like they wanted for Kavanaugh fair is fair, Billie Jean.

The matter is being investigated, as it should be. 

And his name is John Russell.  [Deleted]

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.2  MUVA  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1.1    4 weeks ago

Swing and a miss.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  MUVA @3.1    4 weeks ago
There should be a FBI investigation like they wanted for Kavanaugh fair is fair,

I agree with that

 
 
 
MUVA
3.1.4  MUVA  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1.1    4 weeks ago

The quote is from the movie Billy Jean for fucks sake get a mother fucking grip.

 
 
 
MUVA
4  MUVA    4 weeks ago

Democrats called for a FBI investigation fair is fair 

 
 
 
Ender
5  Ender    4 weeks ago

Ok, first time I have seen a pic of her.

I will keep my mouth shut.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @5    4 weeks ago

C'mon...this is 30 years after the fact. I'm not near as attractive as I was 30 years ago. Only a few women*** can say they still look the same.

***Fuck you, Jennifer Anniston

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
5.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.1    4 weeks ago
***Fuck you, Jennifer Anniston

Ha!!!!!!!!

 
 
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