LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 25, 2020 - A 1993 clip has emerged of the mother of Vice President Joe Biden’s sexual assault accuser speaking to CNN's Larry King about her daughter's alleged assault.
The video appears to back former Biden staffer Tara Reade's claims that she told her mother about the harassment related to her boss 27 years ago.
Reade filed an official criminal complaint against the now presumptive Democrat presidential frontrunner on April 9, accusing Biden of shoving his hand under her skirt and penetrating her with his fingers while they stood in a senate corridor, an accusation he has denied.
The latest evidence to emerge shows Reade's mother Jeanette Altimus calling into the Larry King Show in August 1993, the same month that Reade left Biden's staff, and anonymously asking a panel's advice on her daughter's problems with a “prominent senator”.
There is no mention of sexual assault in the clip.
Reade, who was in her 20s at the time of the alleged assault, had previously revealed Altimus called into the show when she told her about the sexual assault claims 27 years ago but was unable to remember the exact date or year of the phone call.
When news of her official complaint against Biden first emerged, Reade said she had told her mother, brother and a friend about the assault at the time. She said her mother urged her to go to the police.
Her brother Collin Moulton and the anonymous friend confirmed this, but Altimus died in 2016.
The new clip was discovered by The Intercept, and Reade confirmed on Twitter that it was her mother's voice.
“I remember it being an anonymous call and her saying my daughter was sexually harassed and retaliated against and fired, where can she go for help? I was mortified,” said Reade.
The interview featured in a program King aired on August 11, 1993, titled, Washington: The Cruelest City on Earth? and the caller was identified as a woman dialing in from San Luis Obispo, Kalifornia.
Records show that August 1993 was he last month Reade worked with Biden's office, and that Altimus was living in San Luis Obispo County at the time.