Tara Reade’s Lawyer No Longer Representing Her in Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegation

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Lawyer Douglas Wigdor introduced on Friday that his agency will now not be representing Tara Reade in her sexual assault allegations in opposition to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Our decision, made on May 20, is by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” the assertion stated.

Wigdor has been a number one lawyer all through the #MeToo motion who’s finest recognized for bringing instances in opposition to Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein.

Although Wigdor didn’t present a cause for leaving, he stated, “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.”

When contacted by Newsweek, Wigdor responded by e-mail, saying, “We will not be providing further comment.”

Tara Reade's Lawyer No Longer Representing Her in Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegation
Joe Biden speaks on the Democratic Party presidential debate a month and half earlier than addressing the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations on March 15. Biden has straight out denied the allegations in opposition to him, saying in an announcement on May 1, “They aren’t true. This never happened.” Mandel Ngan/Getty

His assertion comes a day after protection attorneys in California questioned the legitimacy of Reade’s testimony in instances for which she was an skilled witness on home violence.

Reade testified beneath her outdated identify Alexandra McCabe as a authorities witness for practically a decade in Monterey County.

Concerns that Reade misrepresented her academic {qualifications} rose after Antioch University officers claimed Reade by no means accomplished her bachelor’s diploma at their Seattle campus.

Reade instructed The New York Times that she obtained her diploma by way of a “protected program” on the time as a result of she had been a sufferer of spousal abuse, which led her to alter her identify and has thus confused the college about her gradation standing. Karen Hamilton, an Antoich spokesperson, has disputed this association to the Times.

Reade went on to obtain her legislation diploma from Seattle University beneath her new identify.

Despite his high-profile plaintiff instances, Wigdor is a conservative Republican and a distinguished supporter of President Donald Trump.

“We genuinely wish Ms. Reade well and hope that she, as a survivor, is treated fairly,” he stated Friday, “We have and will continue to represent survivors regardless of their alleged predator’s status or politics.”

Biden has straight out denied the allegations in opposition to him, saying in an announcement on May 1, “They aren’t true. This never happened.”

“As a presidential candidate, I’m accountable to the American people. We have lived long enough with a president who doesn’t think he is accountable to anyone, and takes responsibility for nothing. That’s not me. I believe being accountable means having the difficult conversations, even when they are uncomfortable. People need to hear the truth,” Biden wrote.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden marketing campaign however didn’t obtain remark earlier than publications.

Reade’s allegations in opposition to the presumptive Democratic nominee have known as into query the position politics play in incidents of sexual misconduct. Many Democratic politicians who’ve voiced help for Biden amid these allegations have come beneath criticism for defending him regardless of earlier oppositional views relating to incidents prior to now.