Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor of Tara Reade, has come forward to corroborate Read's sexual assault allegations against Biden, saying the two discussed the alleged assault in detail in the mid-1990s.
LaCasse, a self-described Biden supporter and "very strong Democrat," said of the alleged attack, "This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it."
LaCasse told Insider that in 1995 or 1996, Reade told her she had been assaulted by Biden. "I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him," LaCasse said. "And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn't feel there was anything she could do."
LaCasse said that she remembers Reade getting emotional as she told the story. "She was crying," she said. "She was upset. And the more she talked about it, the more she started crying. I remember saying that she needed to file a police report." LaCasse said she does not recall whether Reade supplied any other details, like the location of the alleged assault or anything Biden may have said.
"I don't remember all the details," LaCasse said. "I remember the skirt. I remember the fingers. I remember she was devastated."
LaCasse is the first person to independently corroborate, in detail and on the record, that Reade had told others about her assault allegations contemporaneously. Reade's brother Collin Moulton previously told Insider that he recalled his sister saying that Biden "had his hand under her clothes at some point."
In interviews with Business Insider, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and podcaster Katie Halper, Reade has insisted that in the spring or summer of 1993, she was told to meet Biden in a corridor to deliver a duffel bag. She claims Biden then pushed her up against a wall, reached under her skirt, and penetrated her with his fingers. When she resisted his advances, Reade said, Biden became annoyed and said, "Aw man, I heard you liked me." She was fired thereafter.
"I have to support her just because that's what happened," LaCasse said. "We need to stand up and tell the truth."
LeCasse, however, said that she still plans on voting for Biden: "I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat. And I'm for Biden, regardless. But still I have to come out and say this."
Joe Biden has still not addressed the accusations, but a campaign spokesperson said they are false.