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Kavanaugh Accuser Breaks Her Silence

Christine Ford says the Supreme Court nominee held her down and groped her in the 1980s
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2018 2:00 PM CDT
Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The writer of a letter that accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has come forward. Speaking to the Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford said a "stumbling drunk" teenage Kavanaugh held her down and groped her as his classmate at the elite Georgetown Preparatory School looked on in what she would later describe to a therapist as an attempted rape. Ford, now a respected professor of clinical psychology in California, told the Post that Kavanaugh "was trying to attack me and remove my clothing" before she was able to run away and lock herself in a bathroom. Ford's letter is the undisclosed "information" Sen. Dianne Feinstein passed on to the FBI without divulging any significant details. Kavanaugh has "categorically" denied the allegation.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford, now 51, tells the Post of the encounter in the 1980s. She said Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. Ford also said Kavanaugh's classmate finally stopped the assault, which she says took place in a bedroom at a house party, when he jumped on them and sent all three sprawling. After the Post published its story about Ford, Senate Republicans reiterated that they plan to move forward with Kavanaugh's nomination despite Democrats' demands that it be postponed. "For too long, when woman have made serious allegations of abuse, they have been ignored," said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, per the Hill. "That cannot happen in this case." (Read more Brett Kavanaugh stories.)

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