Lawyer drops Tara Reade as a client
Douglas Wigdor, the attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday in a statement, he is no longer representing her. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Douglas Wigdor
As multiple media profile her, lawyer says he did not drop her because of veracity.

The attorney working with Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden Senate staffer who alleged he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s, said Friday he is no longer representing her, just two weeks after he first began working with her.

Douglas Wigdor said in a statement the decision to drop Reade came on Wednesday of this week, and that it wasn’t a reflection on the veracity of her claims. But he offered no specifics on why he and his firm are dropping her.

Wigdor said he and others at his firm still believe Reade’s allegation against Biden, that he digitally penetrated her and groped her in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building when she worked as a low-level staffer in his Senate office in the Spring of 1993.

Biden has vehemently denied her claims, and multiple current and former Biden staffers have said they have no recollection of such an incident.

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. The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Wigdor fielded numerous media questions in recent weeks surrounding inconsistencies in Reade’s biography and the legal challenges she’s faced. This week, The Associated Press and other media outlets published extensive biographies of Reade, revealing she appears to have exaggerated her educational achievements, was mired in endless financial difficulties and faced frequent lawsuits with individuals who said she defrauded them or failed to pay bills.

Defense lawyers in Monterey County this week began investigating whether Reade committed perjury when she testified under oath that she had a college degree from Antioch, as first reported Friday by The New York Times. Antioch University told the AP that Reade never obtained a diploma from the school, and Reade herself could not produce evidence of the degree she claims to have earned there.

Lawyer Roland Soltesz peppered her with questions about her background before she qualified as an expert witness on domestic violence in a 2018 attempted murder trial. She also touted her experience in Biden’s office, saying she served as a legislative aide and helped work on the Violence Against Women’s Act, he said. His client was convicted and is now serving a potential life sentence.

“She was a good witness,” Soltesz said. “She came across as believable.”

Wigdor is well known for his work on prominent cases related to sexual harassment and assault. He represented six women who accused Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer, of sexual misconduct. He has also represented a number of Fox News employees in cases alleging gender and racial discrimination at the network. And he’s a frequent political donor, giving tens of thousands to Democratic politicians in New York and about $55,000 to Donald Trump in 2016, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Wigdor’s firm originally said in a statement that they had taken on Reade as a client because they believed “every survivor has the right to competent counsel.” Wigdor told the AP at the time that he thought Reade had struggled to find a lawyer to represent her because many attorneys in his space “tend to be Democrats or liberals,” and Reade has accused the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee of sexual assault.


Republished with permission from The Associated Press.

Associated Press



    May 22, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Tara Reade is now and always has been a woman in need – usually very serious need. I have NO DOUBT that some rightwingnut Republican or Republican organization PAID HER to come out with her ‘amplified’ allegation before the upcoming election. Much like what happened with ‘Jane Roe’ being paid $450,000 after the Roe vs. Wade decision claiming that anew that she ‘became a Christian’ and changed her mind completely – from being ‘pro-choice’ to being ‘pro-life’!

    Frankly, I don’t see much difference at all between the Gambino or Gotti crime families and today’s Republican establishment. There is absolutely no kind of skulduggery that mooks like Trump, Barr, McConnell, Jordan, Gaetz, Meadows, et. al. won’t engage in.

    Reade is a basket case – and her lawyer apparently just figured that out.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 22, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      One difference: the Gambinos and Gottis never went after wives or children. The GOP is going after Hunter Biden AND they will try to keep the cannoli.

  • NoSocialist/Democrats

    May 22, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Interesting, that the Dems want to investigate Tara Reade for perjury, while they lauded the obvious lies of the Ford woman, when she came out with her nonsense against Justice Kavanaugh.

    Todays Democrats are not just a sad bunch, they are dangerous and devious and ready to destroy our system of justice.

  • s

    May 22, 2020 at 7:10 pm


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