Biden to introduce Lady Gaga at Oscars, highlight effort against sexual assault

Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:44am EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage at the Academy Awards show on Sunday to introduce Lady Gaga for her performance of "Til It Happens to You," an Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault on college campuses from the film "The Hunting Ground."

Biden is a long-time advocate against sexual assault who authored the Violence Against Women Act. He will urge the Oscar audience to take a pledge to speak out about the issue by visiting, his spokeswoman said.

Biden will attend the awards show with his wife, Jill.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott)

Lady Gaga is tied with a rope as she performs a medley of songs as a tribute to the late David Bowie. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni