Joe Biden's campaign came to his defense Friday over sexual assault claims an ex-staffer has made this week.
'Women have the right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims,' Deputy Campaign Manager and Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said. 'We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false.'
Tara Reade, who was among the women who came out last year with stories about Biden being too handsy, now says she was assaulted by the former U.S. senator in 1993 on Capitol Hill.
Reade, who currently supports Biden's rival, Bernie Sanders, told her story to journalist Katie Halper for her 'Katie Halper Show' podcast on Wednesday and has since been interviewed by Hill.TV and Vox.
Biden's campaign pushed back vehemently on Friday, providing a character witness to DailyMail.com and other outlets: Marianne Baker, an executive assistant to Biden from 1982 to 2000.