New information is emerging around an allegation of sexual assault by Biden: NPR

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, faces an allegation of sexual assault in 1993.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, faces an allegation of sexual assault in 1993.

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Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of an alleged sexual assault.

New information has emerged in recent days about an allegation of sexual assault against the presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden by Tara Reade, a former assistant to the Biden Senate office. For the first time, someone officially declared that Reade had detailed the allegation to him decades ago in the same way that Reade now describes it.

On Wednesday, a former neighbor of Reade’s, Lynda LaCasse, told NPR a conversation they had about 25 years ago about the alleged assault. The revelation, first reported by Internal of the business community, comes with increasing pressure on Democrats to respond, as well as calls from Republicans for the charge to be dealt with more openly.

LaCasse said she remembered leaving her home in California to run away from a cigarette away from her children in 1995 or early 1996, when Reade joined her on her forehead. They were emotional, discussing custody issues and violence, and she remembers that Reade mentioned Joe Biden, a man she did not particularly know at the time.

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