Bi­den de­nies sex­ual as­sault al­le­ga­tion

Fiji Sun - - WORLD NEWS -

Wash­ing­ton: U.S. Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Joe Bi­den denied an al­le­ga­tion that he had sex­u­ally as­saulted a for­mer Se­nate staffer 27 years ago, say­ing “this never hap­pened.”

In his first de­tailed re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tion from Tara Reade, the for­mer U.S. vice pres­i­dent said that while “women de­serve to be treated with dig­nity and re­spect, and when they step for­ward they should be heard, not si­lenced,” their al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and sex­ual as­sault “should be sub­ject to ap­pro­pri­ate in­quiry and scru­tiny.”

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