The November contest between Biden and Trump will be the first presidential race of the #MeToo era, which has led numerous women to come forward with allegations of sexual assault. Lynda LaCasse, a former neighbor of Reade, said that Reade told her about her encounter with Biden when they lived in the same California housing complex in the mid-1990s. Many major Democratic women's organizations and prominent feminists have also declined to comment publicly on Reade's claim that Biden, then a senator from DE, assaulted her in 1993.
Reade's brother has offered differing accounts of what she told him about Biden.
A second woman, Lorraine Sanchez, worked with Reade for California state Senator Jack O'Connell from 1994 to 1996.
LaCasse said Reade grew emotional when she told her about the accusation.
The AP was unable to reach Sanchez or LaCasse.
"Yes, hello. I'm wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?" the woman Reade identified as her mother asked in the video.
After Mr Bernie Sanders dropped out earlier this month, Mr Biden is left with no significant challenger for his party's nomination at the convention, which was also pushed back and is now scheduled for late August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"Look, we have to change the culture of abuse in this country, especially in armed services", Biden said in response to a question about the issue of sexual assault that did not refer to Reade's allegations.
An intern who worked under Reade said she does not recall any allegations but confirmed that Reade was abruptly relieved of her duties. The third issued an on-the-record statement denying Reade's claim.
Four people have now come forward to corroborate certain details about Reade's claims, although none say they were witnesses to it.
A Biden campaign spokesman declined to comment on Wednesday about the new sources or calls for Biden to respond. "Keep Biden, re-elect Trump, and admit that suppressing progressives is the true goal of your party", he wrote, retweeting a Saturday Politico story examining a recording of Reade's mother alleging her daughter had "problems" with a "prominent senator". "The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Associated Press have dedicated weeks of reporters' time to digging in, calling people, contacting people, researching". They are digging in despite the fact that it could renew attention on the multiple sexual assault allegations lodged against Trump. He also apologised during the 2016 campaign for comments he made during an interview with Access Hollywood in which he bragged about using his celebrity to assault women. "President Trump beat her once and now he'll beat her chosen candidate", Parscale said in a statement.
Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders' 2020 campaign spokeswoman, on Tuesday argued that it's "not a moral argument" to support Biden simply because he's a better option than Trump. She said she later filed a complaint to the Senate about the treatment she received but not the alleged assault itself. "As VP, I fought to provide a special victims counsel for sexual assault cases in the military", the 77-year-old said.
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