There’s a new development in the Tara Reade story this afternoon. A newspaper in San Luis Obispo, California has uncovered a 1996 court document in which Reade’s ex-husband states that in 1993 Reade told him she was being sexually harassed in Joe Biden’s office. The document doesn’t specify who was responsible for the harassment and doesn’t mention sexual assault. However, Reade’s ex-husband said the incident had a “very traumatic effect” on Reade.
Reade’s then-husband Theodore Dronen wrote the court declaration. Dronen at the time was contesting a restraining order Reade filed against him days after he filed for divorce, Superior Court records show.
In it, he writes Reade told him about “a problem she was having at work regarding sexual harassment, in U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office.”…
Dronen wrote that Reade told him she “eventually struck a deal with the chief of staff of the Senator’s office and left her position.”
“It was obvious that this event had a very traumatic effect on (Reade), and that she is still sensitive and effected (sic) by it today,” Dronen wrote.
This confirms that Reade told another person about sexual harassment in the office at the time. It also seems to match, generally, with what Reade’s mother said at the time during a call to the Larry King Live show. Perhaps the thing which adds the most credibility to her story is that this declaration was made during a contentious court battle and yet Reade’s ex-husband didn’t dispute it.