Reade's late mother, Jeanette Altimus, allegedly called into the program seeking advice on how her daughter could deal with "problems" she experienced "working for a prominent senator" without "go[ing] to the press" "out of respect for him."
- King: "San Luis Obispo, California, hello."
- Altimus: "Yes, hello. I'm wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him."
- King: "In other words, she had a story to tell but, out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn't tell it?"
- Altimus: "That's true."
The call happened during an August 11, 1993 Larry King program titled, "Washington: The Cruelest City on Earth?"
In a telephone interview with Fox News on Friday night, Reade confirmed that it was her mother in the clip.
She also tweeted the same, thanking her mother for "her brave support":
The Intercept reports:
There are several notable things about the emergence of the call. On the one hand, the caller does not specifically mention "sexual harassment" or retaliation, as Reade had recalled. On the other hand, the reference to being unable to "get through with her problems" aligns with Reade's claim that she complained to superiors in Biden's office and got nowhere, and the reference to going to the press makes clear that the caller is talking about more than just generic problems at the office. The problems, she makes clear, would damage the senator if exposed.
Fox News reports:
Reade's story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept on March 24. Podcast host Katie Halper then interviewed Reade, who said that in 1993, a more senior member of Biden's staff asked her to bring the then-senator his gym bag near the Capitol building, which led to the encounter in question.
"He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing," Reade told Halper. "There was no like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall."
Reade said that she was wearing "a business skirt," but "wasn't wearing stockings—it was a hot day."
She continued: "His hands were on me and underneath my clothes, and he went down my skirt and then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers and he was kissing me at the same time and he was saying some things to me."
Reade claimed Biden first asked if she wanted "to go somewhere else."
"I pulled away, he got finished doing what he was doing," Reade said. "He said: ‘Come on, man. I heard you liked me.'"
Biden, through a spokesperson, has previously denied the allegations.