Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of the woman who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has released a prepared statement ahead of her testimony at the judge's confirmation hearings on Thursday local time.
“I am here today not because I want to be,” the statement says. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school
Ford goes on to describe the impact of Kavanaugh’s alleged actions. “The details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget,” she wrote. “They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
Read Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's prepared opening statement, as released by the Senate Judiciary Committee https://t.co/GuYRVsdixW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 27, 2018
I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me
The statement also says that Kavanaugh was heavily drunk during the alleged incident and tried to take off her bathing suit. “I believed he was going to rape me,” the statement continues. “I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”
Ford names Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge as being present in the room during the incidents described and urged Kavanaugh on. Judge has denied the assault took place and has also said he does not want to testify at the confirmation hearings.
An op-ed in The New York Times says the hearings have been clouded by the allegations and that the FBI should now intervene to investigate Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults of three women before the confirmation proceeds. The editorial argues that if Kavanaugh is confirmed with the allegations hanging over his head the public will harbour doubts about his credibility and character.
President Trump says his own sexual misconduct allegations make him less likely to believe Kavanaugh accusershttps://t.co/a3Dk1jIIwv
— TIME (@TIME) September 26, 2018
Trump on the allegations against Kavanaugh: “all false”
Donald Trump continued to support his nomination for the US Supreme Court and said the allegations against him were “all false” though he added he “can always be convinced”.
“I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me,” Trump said. “People want fame, they want money, they want whatever. So when I see it, I view it differently than someone sitting at home watching television.”
He described the allegations as a “big fat con job” perpetrated by the Democrats and claimed his political opponents were laughing about the matter behind closed doors.