It's Heating Up: Two More People Come Forward, Provide Support to Biden Accuser Tara Reade's Claims

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On Friday, astonishing news broke in regard to the allegations of sexual assault by Joe Biden in 1993.

Tara Reade alleges that Biden cornered her in a Senate hallway, lifted her skirt and penetrated her with his fingers. When she resisted his advances, Reade claimed Biden said, “Aw man, I heard you liked me.” Then, pointed at her and said, “You’re nothing to me.” She claimed he then shook her shoulders and said, “You’re OK, you’re fine.”

Prior to that incident, she also alleges Biden touched her shoulders in an inappropriate manner. She said she complained about that inappropriate touching incident but was ignored. Then after the alleged sexual assault and her rejection of Biden, she claims she was removed from her job supervising interns.

Reade said that she had told multiple people of the incident. One of those people was her mother, she said. Her mother has since died. Reade told The Intercept that her mother called CNN anonymously in 1993 about the incident but she couldn’t remember the date. On Friday, The Intercept was able to track down the transcript for the show and MRC found a video of the call into Larry King’s show. Reade confirmed that call was her mother. The caller mentions unspecified “problems” with a “prominent senator” worthy of going to the press over.

From Business Insider:

“It was almost a spiritual experience, because my mom loved me so much and supported me,” Reade said, choking back tears. “I get emotional even now, and I gave her such a hard time about [calling] Larry King’s show that I feel really bad that I couldn’t say to her now, ‘Thank you so much,’ and give her a hug. And I think the most powerful part for me was just how she crossed space and time to help me.”

That news about the video prompted a #DropBiden hashtag to trend on Twitter and more people started to sit up and take notice of the allegations.

Now more evidence is dropping.

Previously, Reade had said that she told people other people in addition to her mother including a friend and her brother. The friend who didn’t want to give her name and her brother confirmed various elements of the story.

But now, a former neighbor is going on the record saying that Reade told her about the sexual assault by Biden in the 1990s.

“This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” Lynda LaCasse said, according to Business Insider.

LaCasse told Insider that in 1995 or 1996, Reade told her she had been assaulted by Biden. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him,” LaCasse said. “And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.”

LaCasse said that she remembers Reade getting emotional as she told the story. “She was crying,” she said. “She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying. I remember saying that she needed to file a police report.” LaCasse said she does not recall whether Reade supplied any other details, like the location of the alleged assault or anything Biden may have said.

“I don’t remember all the details,” LaCasse said. “I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated.” [….]

LaCasse is the first person to independently corroborate, in detail and on the record, that Reade had told others about her assault allegations contemporaneously. Reade’s brother Collin Moulton previously told Insider that he recalled his sister saying that Biden “had his hand under her clothes at some point.”

“I have to support her just because that’s what happened,” LaCasse said. “We need to stand up and tell the truth.”

LaCasse said she understood she might suffer repercussions by coming forward, that she was a Democrat and a Biden supporter. “But still I have to come out and say this.”

“She didn’t ask me to,” LaCasse said. “I volunteered to do that just recently. If this was me, I would want somebody to stand up for me. It takes a lot of guts to do what she’s doing.”

Not only that, the Insider confirmed that another person, Lorraine Sanchez, who worked with Reade in the mid 90s said that Reade complained to her then about being sexually harassed in D.C. by her former boss and said that she was let go after raising concerns.

The campaign has stood on the statement they made when Reade came out with the allegations a month ago. “Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.”

Biden staff has denied ever getting any complaints about any harassment or sexual assaults. However, an intern who Reade supervised does recall that Reade was removed as the intern supervisor in April 1993 and that the intern found it odd at the time.

It’s hard to understand how someone can believe the allegation yet still be a supporter of Biden.

But this definitely is raising the heat on Biden.

Media has yet to ask Biden personally about the allegations, despite several interviews by multiple media outlets since her allegations came out. They’re going to have a tough time ignoring the allegations now.

Will someone finally broach the accusation and question Biden?