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Lawyer for Biden accuser Tara Reade drops her as a client

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By ALEXANDRA JAFFE

The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.

Douglas Wigdor said in a statement the decision to drop Reade came on Wednesday of this week, and that it wasn’t a reflection on the veracity of her claims. But he offered no specifics on why he and his firm are dropping her.

Wigdor said he and others at his firm still believe Reade's allegation against Biden, that he digitally penetrated her and groped her in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building when she worked as a low-level staffer in his Senate office in the Spring of 1993. Biden has vehemently denied her claims, and multiple current and former Biden staffers have said they have no recollection of such an incident.

In his statement, Wigdor said his firm believed that Reade has been “subjected to a double standard” in the media and that much of the coverage surrounding her biography had little to do with her claims against Biden. The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Wigdor fielded numerous media questions in recent weeks surrounding inconsistencies in Reade’s biography and the legal challenges she’s faced. This week, The Associated Press and other media outlets published extensive biographies of Reade, revealing she appears to have exaggerated her educational achievements, was mired in endless financial difficulties and faced frequent lawsuits with individuals who said she defrauded them or failed to pay bills.

Defense lawyers in Monterey County this week began investigating whether Reade committed perjury when she testified under oath that she had a college degree from Antioch, as first reported Friday by The New York Times. Antioch University told the AP that Reade never obtained a diploma from the school, and Reade herself could not produce evidence of the degree she claims to have earned there.

Lawyer Roland Soltesz peppered her with questions about her background before she qualified as an expert witness on domestic violence in a 2018 attempted murder trial. She also touted her experience in Biden’s office, saying she served as a legislative aide and helped work on the Violence Against Women’s Act, he said. His client was convicted and is now serving a potential life sentence.

“She was a good witness,” Soltesz said. “She came across as believable.”

Wigdor is well known for his work on prominent cases related to sexual harassment and assault. He represented six women who accused Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct. He has also represented a number of Fox News employees in cases alleging gender and racial discrimination at the network. And he's a frequent political donor, giving tens of thousands to Democratic politicians in New York and about $55,000 to Donald Trump in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Wigdor's firm originally said in a statement that they had taken on Reade as a client because they believed “every survivor has the right to competent counsel." Wigdor told the AP at the time that he thought Reade had struggled to find a lawyer to represent her because many attorneys in his space “tend to be Democrats or liberals,” and Reade has accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexual assault.

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The Associated Press and other media outlets published extensive biographies of Reade

Why are sexual assault survivors always subject to a purity background check of their entire lives by the media whenever they come forward with their experiences of sexual assault by predatory men.

As young girls watch Ms. Reade get steamrolled and subjected to humiliation and mockery it scares them into submission and keeps them from speaking out about their own assault experiences.

The Patriarchy wins again.

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The Patriarchy wins again.

Good to see those who'd previously crowed about assaulting young women change perspectives!

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If Wigdor really believes her claims he’s not doing her credibility any good by dropping her without saying why.

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Good to see those who'd previously crowed about assaulting young women change perspectives.

Oh, please! Not one Democrat men or women are coming to this woman’s side. All women should be believed....that is, if it can hurt Trump or anyone associated with him in a position of power, which also means, liberals caring about assault on women is just pure crap! The only thing they care about is the political end result they can get out of it.

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That is never a good sign when an attorney dumps a client. It is usually about money, but that is not the case here since they were representing her pro bono. It must be something else.

There were lots of problems with Tara Reade’s story from the get-go. Now, her story has been steadily unraveling for the last two weeks. Bottom line: she’s a liar and she’s emotionally unstable.

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Bottom line: she’s a liar and she’s emotionally unstable.

This is how women are treated when they report sexual harassment. No wonder so many choose to suffer in silence.

What's sad is that all the feminists organizations which should be supporting this poor girl while's she suffers character assassination by the media are quietly sitting on the sidelines watching the patriarchy drag her name through the mud.

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That is never a good sign when an attorney dumps a client.

Maybe both had disagreements, it goes both ways

It is usually about money, but that is not the case here since they were representing her pro bono. It must be something else.

Could be, but we don’t know for sure.

There were lots of problems with Tara Reade’s story from the get-go. Now, her story has been steadily unraveling for the last two weeks. Bottom line: she’s a liar and she’s emotionally unstable.

Like Blasey Ford.

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Patriarchy, schmatriarchy. It’s all about politics, not the so-called patriarchy. If you’re a Trump supporter you want to believe Reade and if you’re not, you don’t. The media is just doing what it’s supposed to do, unearthing info about one person making serious public claims about another, highly public, person.

If Reade is a serial liar and is lying here about Biden then she deserves to be unmasked. The courts will decide whether the case is proven or not, not the media.

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People never last long working for Trump.

Most go to gaol.

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She turned pro-Putin in 2018 and posted a blog about it. Read it and decide for yourself what motivates her. https://web.archive.org/web/20190404043945/https://medium.com/@shewrites94/why-a-liberal-democrat-supports-vladimir-putin-f54ca2a3a405

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