Watch: Joe Biden Says Sexual Assault of Tara Reade ‘Never, Never Happened’
Former Vice President has unequivocally denied Tara Reade’s allegations that he sexually assaulted her in 1993. Biden spoke publicly on the issue for the first time on Friday after issuing a statement. The presumptive Democratic nominee spoke to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
Brzezinski asked Biden directly if he had sexually assaulted Reade. He denied it.
“No. It is not true. I’m saying unequivocally it never, never happened and it didn’t. It never happened,” Biden said.
He said he didn’t think there were any complaints of that nature against him in his Senate records.
“I don’t remember any type of complaint she may have made. It was 27 years ago. I don’t remember, nor does anyone else that I’m aware of. The fact that that I don’t remember any complaint ever having been made.”
Biden said his campaign hadn’t reached out to Reid as of the interview.
“I have not reached out to her. It’s 27 years old. This never happened. When she first made the claim, we made it clear it never happened. That’s as simple as that.”
Biden went on to say that he would open up his records to see if there was any complaint from Reid or anyone else but he repeated that he did not believe there had ever been any complaints.
“I’m confident there is nothing,” he said. “No-one ever brought it to the attention of me 27 years ago. No-one I’m aware of in my campaign — excuse me, in my Senate office at the time is aware of any such request or any such complaint. I’m not worried about it at all. If there is a complaint, that’s where it would be and that’s where it would be filed. And if it’s there, put it out. I’ve never seen it. No-one has that I’m aware of.”
Watch the video above, via MSNBC.