KEY POINTS

  • Biden accuser filed police complaint without naming him
  • Biden campaign repeatedly denied charges
  • Even Trump was accused of sexual misconduct
  • Sexual abuse charges transcend race, gender

As former Vice President Joe Biden moved closer to getting nominated by the Democratic Party as its presidential candidate, an old attack against the front runner keeps resurfacing.

Tara Reade, a Biden staffer when he was a senator 30 years ago, filed a police report in Washington on Thursday (April 9) saying she was the victim of a sexual assault by an unnamed person in 1993. Reade is one of the women who accused Biden of inappropriate touching last year.

A Biden spokesperson again claimed the account is false.

A November contest between Biden and President Donald Trump will be the first presidential election of the #MeToo era. Such a scenario would pit a pair of alleged sex offenders against each other.

The MeToo movement has knocked off many powerful men since it put Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the dock. He was sentenced to 23 years after multiple women accused him of sexual assault.

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing may have been a low-tide moment for #MeToo in September 2018.

A woman said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, another said he thrust his genitals in her face without her consent, and others have said they witnessed abusive or inappropriate behavior by him. None offered evidence other than decades-old memories.

At least six congressmen, Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rubén Kihuen (D-Nev.), Bobby Scott (-Va.), Patrick Meehan (R-Penn.) and Tony Cárdenas (D-Calif.) were hurt by the #MeToo movement as they were accused of making unwanted advances or sexual assault while in office, according to Vox. 

It started with Alabama Judge Roy Moore who was trounced in a senate bid in what should have been an easy Republican victory on Nov. 9, 2017. Multiple women have said he sexually abused or assaulted them, or pursued them sexually or romantically when they were teenagers.

Then-Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had multiple women report that he groped or otherwise harassed them. The liberal senator resigned Nov. 16, 2017.

In addition to the national politicos, many state lawmakers, business leaders and media/entertainment types have been outed by MeToo.