The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct is speaking out for the first time, telling The Washington Post Sunday that Kavanaugh assaulted her in a Maryland house in the early 1980s.
California professor Christine Blasey Ford said that Kavanaugh and friend were both “stumbling drunk” when Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed. When she tried to scream, she said, Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California, told the Post. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
According to Ford, Kavanaugh “held her down with the weight of his body and fumbled with her clothes, seemingly hindered by his intoxication,” the Post reported. She went on to say that both Kavanaugh and his friend were laughing “maniacally.”
Ford said she escaped when Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them and they tumbled. She said she never told anyone what happened until 2012 during couples therapy with her husband.
Judge told The Weekly Standard last week that the accusation was “just absolutely nuts.”
Kavanaugh, now 53, also denies the accusations.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday, but last week it issued a statement on Kavanaugh’s behalf saying: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Senate Republicans have said they expect Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court before the November mid-term elections. But upon the publishing of Blasey Ford’s story, a number of high-ranking Democrats including Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Dick Durbin have called for a delay in Kavanaugh’s nomination until there is a thorough investigation.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has sparked outrage among Hollywood stars, including Alyssa Milano, Mia Farrow and Michael Ian Black, particularly over his views on abortion rights. During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, demonstrators dressed as characters from Hulu’s dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” showed up to protest his hearings. Piper Parabo was arrested during the protest.
Here are a few who are showing their support for Blasey Ford:
I believe and stand by Professor Ford. The confirmation MUST BE DELAYED so the FBI can investigate this extremely serious matter. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me.”-Professor Ford about -#Kavanaugh assault. #KavanaughConfirmation must STOP.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) September 16, 2018
REOPEN THE HEARINGS. https://t.co/gy1EV5x84z
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 16, 2018
Thank you for putting your life on the line Professor. You are a hero. https://t.co/OTKeEG2Ua1
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 16, 2018
Thank you Professor! We’ve got your back.
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 16, 2018
I believe Christine Blasey Ford.
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) September 16, 2018
If a joke grope is enough to disqualify Al Franken from the Senate, this is enough to disqualify Brett Kavanaugh from a lifetime SCOTUS seat. Call your senators now. 202-804-8191 https://t.co/fih9BvGu97
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) September 16, 2018