A newly-unveiled court document from 1996 appears to further corroborate Tara Reade’s claims of sexual harassment against her by then-Senator, and now Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, as reported by the New York Post.
The document was first obtained by The Tribune in San Luis Obispo, which is where Reade’s mother was confirmed to have been living at the time of the alleged assault. The document is from Reade’s divorce from then-husband Theodore Dronen, and features Dronen confirming that she had told him about enduring sexual harassment “in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”
“It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on Reade,” the statement by Dronen reads, “and that she is still sensitive and effected by it today.”
This is the latest piece of corroborating evidence of Reade’s account, and one more concrete example of contemporaneous evidence involving someone who was told about the alleged assault around the time that it happened. Reade alleges that Biden sexually assaulted her in his Senate office in 1993 when they were alone, and that she left his employ shortly thereafter.
A former neighbor of Reade’s, who also lived in San Luis Obispo at the time, came forward last week to confirm that Reade told her about the incident in either 1995 or 1996. Reade also said that she told her mother, who subsequently called into the Larry King Live show shortly afterward, anonymously, to describe her daughter’s plight and to seek advice from King and his panel; video of the clip has since emerged, with King confirming that the caller lived in San Luis Obispo. When asked, Reade confirmed that it was her late mother’s voice in the clip.
Joe Biden and his campaign have repeatedly denied the allegation. But the increasing credibility of the claim has led to a rift within the Democratic Party, as well as widespread allegations of hypocrisy regarding Biden and his supporters, considering their previous stance of believing all women at the height of the “Me Too” movement.