Megyn Kelly sets interview with Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade
Megyn Kelly will interview Tara Reade, the former Joe Biden staffer who has accused the former Vice President of sexual assault.
Kelly announced the sit-down on her Twitter account on Thursday, teasing “a ton of news” through tough questions in “a riveting exchange.”
Reade, a former aide to Biden, claims when he was a senator from Delaware, he pinned her up against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers in 1993. Reade said she filed a complaint, but that has not been located. Biden denies Reade’s claims, and said during a television interview last week that the alleged incident “never, never happened.”
The interview with Kelly marks Reade’s first on-camera interview since Biden denied her allegations of sexual assault last week.
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Reade’s story has been largely ignored by the media, highlighting the challenge of merging politics with the #MeToo movement during an election year. The media response, or lack thereof, of Biden’s allegation has become heavily politicized with conservatives slamming liberals for a double-standard, comparing the minimal coverage around Reade’s accusation to the media firestorm that surrounded Christine Blasey Ford’s assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Investigative journalist Rich McHugh produced the interview between Kelly and Reade, Variety has learned.
McHugh — the former NBC News producer who worked alongside Ronan Farrow on the Harvey Weinstein story, before Farrow took the bombshell to scoop to the New Yorker where it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize — has been one of the few reporters aggressively covering Reade’s allegations.
Brian Steinberg contributed to this report.
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