Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is facing allegations of sexual assault from a former Senate aide, Tara Reade, The New York Times reported Sunday.
In a detailed report, The Times wrote that Reade has accused Biden of assaulting her in 1993 — an allegation that a Biden spokeswoman says is false.
Reade, 56, says she told others about it, The Times reported. During the course of reporting on this allegation, The Times said it found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Biden.
"No other allegation about sexual assault surfaced in the course of reporting, nor did any former Biden staff members corroborate any details of Ms. Reade’s allegation," The Times wrote.
Reade told The Times that, in 1993, Biden "pinned her to a wall in a Senate building, reached under her clothing and penetrated her with his fingers."
Last year, Reade reportedly said publicly that Biden touched her inappropriately, but did not disclose these latest allegations of sexual assault. She was joined by a group of several women who came forward last year saying Biden touched them in ways that made them feel uncomfortable, like with hugs, kisses, or touching noses.
A little more than a year ago, Biden promised in a video to be more "mindful and respectful" while facing multiple allegations from women of unwanted and inappropriate behavior. He said at the time that his touching was about making a "human connection."
At the time of that video, Biden was about three weeks away from announcing his candidacy for president of the United States. Also around that time, The Union, a local California newspaper in Nevada County, reported Reade's initial complaints, which did not include the sexual assault allegation
On Thursday, Reade filed a report with Washington, D.C., police saying she was the victim of a sexual assault in 1993, The Times reported. The report doesn't mention Biden by name, but Reade said the complaint was about him, according to The Times.
Biden is all but guaranteed the Democratic presidential nomination after Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic socialist, announced on Wednesday that he was dropping out of the race.