At least two additional people have confirmed that Tara Reade told them that she was sexually harassed or assaulted by then-Senator Joe Biden when she was his staffer in the 1990s, according to a new Associated Press report. One of the sources claims that Reade told her that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her "when it happened," in 1993.
The AP reported their findings on Saturday — however, the important revelation was buried in the last two paragraphs of their 21-paragraph article.
Below are the final three paragraphs of the AP report, revealing the two new corroborative sources, and clarifying that they are distinct from the other two sources who confirmed Reade's claims within the past week:
Two of Reade's associates said publicly this past week that Reade had conversations with them that they said corroborated aspects of her allegation. One, a former neighbor, said Reade told her about the alleged assault a few years after Reade said it happened. The other, a former coworker, said Reade told her she had been sexually harassed by her boss during her previous job in Washington.
The AP has also spoken to two additional people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect their families' privacy, who said Reade had told them about aspects of her allegations against Biden years ago.
One friend, who knew Reade in 1993, said Reade told them about the alleged assault when it happened. The second friend met Reade more than a decade after the alleged incident and confirmed that Reade had a conversation with the friend in 2007 or 2008 about experiencing sexual harassment from Biden while working in his Senate office.
? The two new sources reported by the AP make at least four people who have corroborated Reade's allegations of either sexual assault or harassment — two of which say Reade told them about the alleged sexual assault at or near the time that it happened. Other than the new contemporaneous corroborator, Reade's neighbor at the time — an ardent Democrat and Biden supporter — came forward last week and said that Reade told her Biden assaulted her in the mid 1990s.
In addition, a 1993 clip of Reade's mother calling in to "Larry King Live" also appears to lend credibility to her claims.