High-profile lawyer drops Tara Reade in Joe Biden sex assault case
Joe Biden sex assault accuser Tara Reade and her lawyer have parted ways.
Attorney Douglas Wigdor announced the split Friday just weeks after Reade, a former Senate staffer of Biden’s, hired the high-profile sex-harassment lawyer.
In a statement, the Manhattan litigator did not provide a reason for the decision but said it had nothing to do with the veracity of Reade’s claims that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Biden assaulted her in the 1990s.
“Our firm no longer represents Tara Reade. Our decision, made on May 20, is by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” Wigdor wrote before defending his former client’s poor treatment in the media.
“We also believe that to a large extent Ms. Reade has been subjected to a double standard in terms of the media coverage she has received,” he continued.
“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters,” he wrote.
“We genuinely wish Ms. Reade well and hope that she, as a survivor, is treated fairly. We have and will continue to represent survivors regardless of their alleged predator’s status or politics.”
Reade said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that Biden pinned her against a wall and told her, “l want to f— you” when she was a staffer in his Senate office in 1993.
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