Tara Reade’s former lawyer announces he’s no longer representing Biden accuser
Doug Wigdor said the decision to stop representing Reade was made on Wednesday, the day after CNN published a thorough investigation into Reade’s background and past statements. In the report, CNN first revealed problems with Reade’s claim that she had obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Antioch in Seattle; the school denied CNN that it graduated from university.
Wigdor had sent CNN a lengthy statement on Monday answering many questions related to the story. However, Reade directly contacted CNN on Monday evening to discuss the issue of his Antioch diploma, telling a CNN reporter that she had requested and obtained permission from Wigdor to contact directly.
“Our decision, made on May 20, is in no way a reflection on whether the then senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” Wigdor said in a statement. “We also believe that, to a large extent, Ms. Reade was subjected to a double standard in terms of the media coverage she received. Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not conclusive as to whether Senator Biden at the time was sexually assaulted, but rather aimed at shaming the victim and attacking his credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters. “
Wigdor said his farm wishes Reade good reading and hopes that she will be treated fairly.
Reade alleged that in 1993, while working as an assistant in the Senate office in Biden, the senator at the time sexually assaulted her. Biden himself vehemently denied Reade’s allegation.
Wigdor, a prominent lawyer specializing in sexual harassment and sexual assault, announced that his office represented Reade earlier this month. He represented accusers for Harvey Weinstein and was a staunch defender of Christine Blasey Ford when she accused Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Wigdor supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 elections.
Wigdor previously told CNN that Reade does not pay his law firm and that “he never expected to be paid for anything”.
Wigdor separates from Reade because many aspects of his background have been examined in light of his allegation against Biden.
Reade told CNN on Monday that she had obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Antioch in Seattle under the auspices of a “sheltered program,” working personally with the school’s former president to ensure protection of her identity while obtaining credits for her diploma. She also stated that she was a visiting professor at the school for five years.
But a university spokesperson told CNN that Reade “was present but did not graduate from the University of Antioch” and that she was never a faculty member, but she had provided several hours of administrative work.
University officials confirmed to former university president Toni Murdoch that no special arrangements exist, said university spokeswoman Karen Hamilton.
An official from the University of Antioch also told CNN that such a “protected program” does not exist and never existed.
Reade graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2004, gaining admission to school through his alternative admission program.
According to the New York Times, defense attorneys in California are examining previous criminal cases in which Reade testified as an expert witness.
The attorneys told The Times that they were concerned about inconsistencies in his degrees and that his testimony may have unduly influenced the results of their trials.
According to the Times, Reade has been involved in Monterey County courts for almost a decade as a government witness to domestic violence. Reade testified in 2018 that she graduated in liberal arts with a specialization in political science when asked about the credentials on her resume, according to a trial transcript obtained by the Times.
According to the Times, lawyers began to worry after CNN first reported differences in Reade’s educational background.
She also told the court that she has worked in the prevention of domestic violence for decades, starting as a legislative assistant in Biden’s office when he was working on violence against women, according to a trial transcript obtained by the Times. Reade was a staff assistant in Biden’s office, according to a list of congressional staff at the time, which is a different job.
The Times reported that Reade claims that she did not misrepresent her credentials and that she has a bachelor’s degree.
The Monterey County Public Defender’s Office has started to investigate cases involving Reade and to list clients potentially affected by his testimony, Jeremy Dzubay, an assistant public defender at the office, told the newspaper. Roland Soltesz, a criminal defense lawyer in Monterey, told The Times that he believed Reade’s testimony had a significant influence on the outcome of this 2018 trial in which his client was sentenced to life sentence for attempted murder , arson and armed robbery. He is now looking to reopen the file, according to the Times.
The Sixth District Appeal Program, which makes appeal lawyers available to low-income accused, also reviews all cases involving Reade, according to the Times.
This story has been updated.