The lawyer for Tara Reade, the former Senate aide who has accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, said Friday that he was no longer representing her, just two weeks after taking her on as a client.
Douglas Wigdor, a leading plaintiff’s attorney of the #MeToo era, announced his departure a day after defense lawyers in California said they were reviewing criminal cases in which Reade served as an expert witness on domestic violence, concerned that she had misrepresented her educational credentials in court.
While not providing a reason for the exit, Wigdor said his decision was “by no means a reflection on whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” adding that he was among the 55 percent of Americans who believe her, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll.
Wigdor, a conservative Republican who supported President Trump in 2016, took a shot at the news media, which he accused of applying a “double standard” to its coverage of accusations against the presumed Democratic nominee.
“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Senator Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters,” he said. “We have and will continue to represent survivors regardless of their alleged predator’s status or politics.”
Reade declined to comment on her lawyer’s departure, the New York Times reports.
“He is leaving as her credibility is coming under harsh scrutiny. On Thursday in California, lawyers who had faced off against her in court began raising questions about the legitimacy of her testimony, and the verdicts that followed, after news reports that Antioch University had disputed her claim of receiving a bachelor’s degree from its Seattle campus,” the Times reports.