Biden Denies Assault Allegation: “This Never Happened”

The Washington Post reports:

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday denied that he sexually assaulted a former Senate aide, addressing the allegation publicly for the first time under increasing pressure from his party to speak about it.

“I want to address allegations by a former staffer that I engaged in misconduct 27 years ago,” Biden said in a written statement released by his campaign. “They aren’t true. This never happened.” The statement was released shortly before Biden was to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Biden’s campaign had previously denied the allegations by Reade, who worked in Biden’s Senate office for nine months ending in 1993. But for weeks, the former vice president had been silent about her accusation.