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The New York Times was slow to report on a newly surfaced video from 1993, which appears to feature the mother of Tara Reade.

Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault during her time working as one of his Senate aides.

The newspaper has not reported on the video, nor has it verified or debunked the allegations. The newspaper previously admitted it took its time to report on sexual assault allegations against former vice president Joe Biden. It also edited its article about Biden’s alleged sexual assault allegations after the Biden campaign took issue with how the allegations were framed in the article.

The video is a Larry King Live segment that aired in August 1993. An unnamed woman called in to the show from San Luis Obispo, California, and said that her daughter left her work in Washington, D.C., due to unnamed allegations. There was no specific mention of sexual assault allegations or of Biden’s name.

“Yes, hello. I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington?” the caller asked. “My daughter has just left there after working for a prominent senator and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him,” she told host Larry King.

King asked, “In other words, she had a story to tell but out of respect for the person she worked for, she didn’t tell it?”

“That’s true,” the caller responded.

CNN “separately confirmed that Altimus lived in San Luis Obispo around the time of the newly surfaced clip from Larry King Live.” Reade confirmed that it was her mother’s voice.

The video, though not proof of Biden’s alleged sexual assault, is circumstantial evidence. The Biden campaign denied that the incident occurred and did not comment on the video.

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