The writer of the letter alleging that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, has come forward and revealed her name.
Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor and registered Democrat who has contributed to Democratic campaigns, wrote a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein over the summer detailing her story alleging that Judge Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her when the two were high school classmates more than three decades ago.
After pundits had disregarded her allegations due to the fact that she had remained anonymous, Ford has decided to come forward in an Interview with The Washington Post.
Ford said that during one summer in the 1980s Kavanaugh and a friend, both of whom were drunk, got her into a bedroom during a teen party and, as the friend watched, Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her over her clothes and attempted to pull off her bathing suit.
She said that when she went to scream Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” the now 51-year-old said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
She said she escaped after Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Preparatory School classmate and friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them and sent them to the ground. She said she ran to the bathroom and then left the house.
Ford said that she did not tell anyone of the events until she was in couple’s therapy in 2012 with her husband when she told the therapist, in notes reviewed by The Washington Post, that she was assaulted by boys “from an elitist boys’ school” who became “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”
Notes from a therapy session a year later show that she was suffering from the effects of a “rape attempt” as a teenager.
The White House released Judge Kavanaugh’s previous statement as an answer to the allegations that read “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
In an interview with The Weekly Standard on Friday Judge, the other man accused, said that “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.” He called Kavanaugh a “brilliant student” who was not involved in “anything crazy or illegal.”
A letter signed by 65 women also defended Kavanaugh. “Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity,” the women said. “In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”
Ford said she wanted to remain anonymous because she did not want to put herself and her family through the anguish of having the attention and scrutiny on them. A luxury Kavanaugh did not have when the story leaked. But when reporters started to question her colleagues, and attempt to interview her, she changed her mind.
“These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid,” she told The Post. “Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”
She admitted to The Post that she does not remember the details of the incident but believes it happened in 1982 when she was 15-years-old.
Sen. Feinstein has now issued a new statement demanding that the Kavanaugh confirmation vote be postponed until the FBI investigates the accusations. Something the FBI has declined to do.
Feinstein statement after Kavanaugh accuser comes out publicly, calls for FBI probe to be completed before any Senate vote. The question is whether any Republicans (namely Collins and Murkowski) agree pic.twitter.com/1kAWiHtTA5
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 16, 2018