In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last week, Biden vigorously denied the allegations and said that they “never, never happened.”
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Kelly wrote on Twitter, “MK EXCLUSIVE: Former Biden staffer #TaraReade, who accuses FMR VP #JoeBiden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, sits down w/me in her first on-camera interview since Mr. Biden denied her accusations. Her story & some tough Q’s in a riveting exchange. A ton of news coming …”
MK EXCLUSIVE: Former Biden staffer #TaraReade, who accuses FMR VP #JoeBiden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, sits down w/me in her first on-camera interview since Mr. Biden denied her accusations. Her story & some tough Q’s in a riveting exchange. A ton of news coming … pic.twitter.com/8bvTntUIm8
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) May 7, 2020
Reade has yet to do an on camera interview for a major network, though she has spoken to print outlets and, in her first major account of the allegation, an interview with podcaster Katie Halper. Reade reportedly backed out of an interview planned last weekend with Chris Wallace on Fox News, Kelly’s former employer.
Reade claimed that in 1993, when she was a member of Biden’s Senate staff, he pushed her against the wall of a Senate hallway and penetrated her with his finger.
It’s unclear where Kelly or when will post the interview, but she previously has put them on her Instagram page.
The interview is produced by Rich McHugh, the former NBC News producer who worked with Ronan Farrow on the 2017 expose of Harvey Weinstein, before the network declined to air it. Farrow eventually wrote about the Weinstein accusations for The New Yorker, and won a Pulitzer Prize.
Attorney Douglas Wigdor, who represents six of Weinstein’s accusers and other clients who have claimed sexual harassment against high-profile figures, said that he is representing Reade. His firm sent out a statement as a kind of pre-emptive strike against arguments that he has a political interest in the case.
“It is inevitable that partisan politics will lead people to attack our firm and Mr. Wigdor specifically, particularly given his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign,” the firm said. “However, any objective view of Mr. Wigdor’s career and the history of the firm (which is comprised of partners, lawyers and staff from all political parties) belie such a false narrative and make clear that our representation is simply a continuation of our objective support of all legitimate victims.”
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