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Tara Reade Says Shes Receiving Online Harassment, Threats Targeting Family

Former Senate staffer Tara Reade said on Sunday that she has faced online harassment and threats after she publicly accused presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault.

“I find it astounding—the hypocrisy that Democrats are talking about women being able to tell their story safely,” Reade told Fox News. “Im a Democrat, a lifelong Democrat, but yet here I am trying to talk about my history with Joe Biden and Im just the target of online harassment.”

Biden, a former vice president and longtime senator from Delaware, said on Friday morning that he did not sexually assault her in 1993.

“I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago. They arent true. This never happened,” Biden, 77, said on May 1.

But Reade told the news outlets that false social media accounts were created to impersonate her. One of the accounts had uploaded personal photos of Reade and her family.

Meanwhile, she said that the home address of her family member was posted online, while that person received several “creepy” phone calls on Friday. One of the messages included a caller who said they were a journalist who wanted to speak with Reade.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to MSNBCs Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, on May 1, 2020. (MSNBCs Morning Joe via AP)

“Hi Ms. Reade, this is Dave Johnson from the Observer, a small New York newspaper,” the voice says before laughing, adding that “Jeffrey Epstein didnt kill himself.”

Another voice message added, “Hey Tara, this is Dave Johnson with the Observer and I would really love, Id really appreciate a call back so we can discuss your new powerful allegation against Vice President Biden. I think youre setting a tone and underscoring a double standard put forth by the Me Too movement, so Id really appreciate it if you could just call me back, give me a couple of quick questions.”

Reade told Fox that she received an email from a woman named “Linda Dubois,” who cursed at her and accused her of fabricating her story.

“This is something that really has to stop and Im just wondering where this is coming from,” Reade said in the interview. “Are these just fanatic supporters? And if so, what does that say about our Democratic voters? Why are they targeting me when the party line is supposed to be allowing people to be safe? Why are they targeting my family and myself and making my family frightened?”

She added, “It creates barriers for survivors to want to come forwRead More From Source