Joe Biden released a statement Friday denying a former aide’s claims he sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, saying of Tara Reade’s allegation: “This never happened.” Friday’s statement is the first detailed response from Biden to Reade’s allegation and comes as pressure built on the presumptive Democratic nominee to personally address the matter. In the MSNBC interview, Biden said he is “saying unequivocally, it never, never happened.
Los Angeles prosecutors on Monday announced new sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced film mogul has been charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate incidents back in 2013. The announcement comes the same day Weinstein’s criminal trial kicked off in New York City. In that case, he is charged with sexually assaulting two women: one in 2006 and another in 2013. Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.
Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen lost his appeal against a life sentence for torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall. Madsen apologized to Wall’s family before receiving the ruling. South Africa is outraged after the alleged rape of a 7-year-old girl in a restaurant bathroom. The suspect was charged with rape and possessing drugs.
A New York judge dismissed one of the six sexual assault charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Prosecutors claimed accuser Lucia Evans gave varying accounts of the sexual assault allegation she made after evidence came out that a witness was coached to stay silent. Weinstein’s lawyer will seek to have the remaining charges dropped.