Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault, parted ways with her lawyer on Friday, just two weeks after hiring him.

Douglas Wigdor, a prominent #MeToo attorney who counts some Harvey Weinstein victims among his clients, issued a brief statement saying that his firm “no longer represents” Reade.

“Our decision, made on May 20, is by no means a reflection on whether then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted Ms. Reade,” Wigdor said. “On that point, our view — which is the same view held by the majority of Americans, according to a Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll — has not changed.”

Wigdor did not give a reason for severing ties with Reade and declined to comment further. Reade did not return a request for comment.

Wigdor began representing Reade on May 7.

Friday’s announcement came on the heels of a number of defense attorneys in California saying they want their clients’ convictions overturned amid revelations that Reade had exaggerated her resume while testifying in their cases as a self-described domestic violence expert.

Reade alleges that Biden sexually assaulted her in a hallway at the U.S. Capitol in 1993 while she served as a staffer in his then-Senate office.

Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, denies the accusations. The former vice president’s supporters note that no one else in Biden’s Senate office at the time can corroborate Reade’s claims.

Wigdor, a conservative Republican who openly supports President Donald Trump, took a shot at the media in his parting statement over what he claimed was hypocrisy in how Reade’s allegations have been reported.

“Much of what has been written about Ms. Reade is not probative of whether then-Sen. Biden sexually assaulted her, but rather is intended to victim-shame and attack her credibility on unrelated and irrelevant matters,” Wigdor said. “We genuinely wish Ms. Reade well and hope that she, as a survivor, is treated fairly.”


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