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#MeToo lawyer is no longer representing Biden accuser Tara Reade

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In this April 4, 2019, photo Tara Reade poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Nevada City, Calif.

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An attorney for Tara Reade, the woman accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual assault, said on Friday that he had dropped her as a client without providing a reason. 

Doug Wigdor, a noted #MeToo lawyer whose firm has represented clients with claims against high-profile men accused of abuse like Harvey Weinstein and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, said the decision was “by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade.” He also said he sided with the 55% of voters who believe her, citing a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll. 

Wigdor, who has donated thousands of dollars to President Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, in addition to some Democratic candidates, said the decision to part ways with Reade was made on Wednesday, less than two weeks after he announced that he was representing her. Reade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reade has alleged that Biden assaulted her in a Senate office building in 1993. She has called for Biden, the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, to drop out of the race. Biden has denied Reade’s claims. 

In his statement, Wigdor said the media had subjected Reade to a “double standard.” 

“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended…



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