CLAIM: A woman who claimed to be in a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a “Dr. Phil” episode in 2019 is Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her.
THE FACTS: The woman who appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show was not Reade. After reports surfaced of Reade’s accusation against Biden, social media posts began falsely claiming Reade was Jennifer, a woman who appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show in 2019 and said she was romantically involved with Putin even though she had never met him. Social media users have shared clips of the “Dr. Phil” episode along with side-by-side photos of Jennifer and Reade in an effort to make a connection based on a supposed resemblance between the two. (In the episode, Jennifer was identified by only her first name.) “All guests are fully vetted and that is not Reade,” a spokesperson for the show said in an email to the AP. Douglas Wigdor, who represents Reade, also told the AP that the woman on the “Dr. Phil” show was not his client. On the “Dr. Phil” show, Jennifer’s children express concern over their mother’s mental health. “My mother thinks she is in a relationship with Vladimir Putin to the extent that she has become homeless, living in and out of motels,” Jennifer’s daughter says in the episode. “My mother says Putin is going to make her the queen of Russia to help run his country.” Posts online that are critical of Reade have included clips from the “Dr. Phil” episode in an effort to cast doubt on her credibility.