Biden to join MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' to discuss Reade sexual assault allegations

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE will appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday morning, where for the first time he will address allegations from a former staffer named Tara Reade who says he sexually assaulted her in 1993.

"Morning Joe" booker Michael Del Moro said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would be responding to the allegations during an appearance on the show.

The appearance from his home studio in Wilmington, Del., would allow Biden to deal with the issue in what could be a more favorable setting given the criticisms the show's hosts have regularly launched against President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE



Biden is conducting the interview on his own and will not be joined by his wife Jill Biden.

Reade is one of several women who came forward last year to say that Biden’s public touching had made her uncomfortable.

In March, she said that Biden sexually assaulted her in a secluded part of the Capitol in 1993.

Biden's campaign has vehemently denied the allegations while calling for the media to investigate them.

But Biden himself has not addressed the issue.

Reade's story has received even more attention this week after Business Insider published a story in which a former neighbor of Reade's said Reade had told her she was assaulted by Biden.

Several Democratic politicians have since been asked about the allegations, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump MORE (Calif.), Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Stacey Abrams, who is seen as a possible vice presidential candidate to Biden.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHow the Democratic Party's campaign strategy is failing America GOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis MORE (R-Ky.) this week criticized a double standard in how the media has treated the Biden allegations compared to accusations made against Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughGraham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Senators denounce protest staged outside home of Justice Kavanaugh MORE during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 

Biden has conducted a string of interviews since the allegations were first raised, but those interviews did not address Reade's story.