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. He represented six women who accused Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct. She also said that she was a visiting professor at the school, on and off for five years.
"We genuinely wish Ms. Reade well and hope that she, as a survivor, is treated fairly". In 2019, she said Biden had sexually harassed her; this spring she publicly leveled the assault accusation for the first time.
Reade alleges that in 1993 when she was working as an aide in Biden's Senate office, the then-senator sexually assaulted her. Biden himself has vehemently denied Reade's allegation. The announcement came as numerous media accounts have questioned her credibility.
Reade testified in at least two court cases that she graduated from Antioch University in Seattle with a bachelor's degree. Additionally, last month a clip from "Larry King Live" in August 1993 resurfaced in which a woman, who Reade claims is her mother, speaks about problems her daughter had with a prominent senator, saying she has a story to tell but opted not to go to the press out of respect for her former boss.
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In an account first published by CNN, a university spokeswoman said that Reade attended the school but did not graduate.
According to the Times, Reade participated in cases in Monterey County courts for almost a decade as a government witness on domestic violence.
POLITICO reported Thursday that California defense attorneys are considering challenging the convictions of their clients amid questions about whether Reade misrepresented her expert witness credentials under oath. Roland Soltesz, a criminal defense lawyer in Monterey, told the Times that he believes Reade's testimony significantly swayed the outcome of that 2018 trial in which his client received a life sentence for attempted murder, arson, and armed robbery.
The Sixth District Appellate Program, which makes appeal lawyers available to low-income defendants, is also reviewing all the cases involving Reade, according to the Times.