Update 1:53 p.m. EST: Shortly after this story was published, news broke that a former neighbor of Tara Reade has come forward to corroborate her sex assault allegation against Biden, adding another new piece of evidence in support of Reade's claims.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday endorsed Joe Biden for president amid claims that he sexually assaulted a staffer in the 1990s and despite new developments which seem to lend credence to the accusation.
Pelosi called Biden "a leader who is the personification of hope and courage, values, authenticity, and integrity."
Joe Biden has fought for our health care, for our families & for our children's future.
To his work, Joe brings values & integrity. He is a voice of reason & resilience who will fight #ForThePeople. Today, I am proud to endorse him for President of the United States.
Pelosi did not mention the sexual assault allegation against Biden in her endorsement video. She was on CNN with anchor Jake Tapper Sunday and was not asked about the allegations. On Monday morning, just hours after her endorsement of Biden, Pelosi appeared on MSNBC for an approximately 20-minute interview with host Stephanie Ruhle and again was not asked about the Biden allegations.
Asked for comment, Pelosi's office referred Fox News to an April 17 interview with MSNBC in which she was asked if she's satisfied with Biden's denial.
"Yes, I am. I am very much involved in this issue. I always want to give the opportunity that women deserve to be heard. I am satisfied with his answer, yes," she said.
? A 1993 clip from "Larry King Live" surfaced Friday which appears to lend credence to Tara Reade's claim that Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when she worked for him. Democrats and the mainstream media have largely ignored Reade's original allegation as well as the new evidence.