Joe ac­cuser will need a new lawyer

New York Daily News - - CORONAVIRU­S OUTBREAK - BY CHRIS SOMMERFELD­T

Tara Reade, the for­mer Se­nate staffer ac­cus­ing Joe Bi­den of sex­ual as­sault, parted ways with her lawyer on Fri­day, just two weeks af­ter hir­ing him.

Dou­glas Wig­dor, a prom­i­nent #MeToo at­tor­ney who counts some Har­vey We­in­stein vic­tims among his clients, is­sued a brief state­ment say­ing that his firm “no longer rep­re­sents” Reade.

“Our de­ci­sion, made on May 20, is by no means a re­flec­tion on whether then-Sen. Bi­den sex­u­ally as­saulted Ms. Reade,” Wig­dor said. “On that point, our view — which is the same view held by the ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans, ac­cord­ing to a Har­vard CAPS-Har­ris Poll — has not changed.”

Wig­dor did not give a rea­son for sev­er­ing ties with Reade and de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. Reade did not re­turn a re­quest for com­ment.

Wig­dor be­gan rep­re­sent­ing Reade on May 7.

Fri­day’s an­nounce­ment came on the heels of a num­ber of de­fense at­tor­neys in Cal­i­for­nia say­ing they want their clients’ con­vic­tions over­turned amid rev­e­la­tions that Reade had ex­ag­ger­ated her re­sume while tes­ti­fy­ing in their cases as a self-de­scribed do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ex­pert.

Reade al­leges that Bi­den sex­u­ally as­saulted her in a hall­way at the U.S. Capi­tol in 1993 while she served as a staffer in his then-Se­nate of­fice.

Bi­den, the pre­sump­tive Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, de­nies the ac­cu­sa­tions. The for­mer vice pres­i­dent’s sup­port­ers note that no one else in Bi­den’s Se­nate of­fice at the time can cor­rob­o­rate Reade’s claims.

Wig­dor, a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can who openly sup­ports Pres­i­dent Trump, took a shot at the me­dia in his part­ing state­ment over what he claimed was hypocrisy in how Reade’s al­le­ga­tions have been re­ported.

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