She admits she doesn’t remember key details like exactly when the incident occurred or where specifically, and she says the first time she told anyone about it was when she was in couples counseling with her husband in 2012 — 30-some years after the night in question, but the woman at the center of the decades-old allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has now come forward.
Christine Blasey Ford told The Washington Post that she didn’t want to be thrust into the spotlight and endure all that goes with that (the disbelief and personal attacks). She said she just wanted to send her allegation to her member of Congress and sit back. But since The Intercept revealed the allegation — which quickly snowballed into absurd theater in the days following — she said she felt she needed to come forward.
Ford’s allegations follow what was reported by The New Yorker on Friday: At a party in high school, Kavanaugh and a schoolmate (both of whom vehemently deny the allegations) got her into a room. Once there, Kavanaugh allegedly “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it,” according to the Post. She tried to scream, but Kavanaugh allegedly put his hand over her mouth.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford told the Post. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford said the schoolmate jumped on top of them, which somehow allowed her to escape. She said she locked herself in a bathroom and left the house and told no one about any of this for 30 years — and even then when she was in couples therapy. Even then, she didn’t say it was Kavanaugh, just boys from a nearby high school who were now “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” The notes also say four boys attacked her — but Ford insists this was the therapist’s mistake. She says there were four boys at the party but only two carried out this alleged assault.
In 2013, she met with a therapist individually for treatment for allegedly long-term effects of this incident, which she had never mentioned to anyone before.
Ford’s husband told the Post that she used Kavanaugh’s name in the therapy sessions and worried he would be nominated to the Supreme Court.
After the Post’s article went up, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a statement again questioning the timing of the accusations and why Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) — who had the accusation since July — said nothing during any interview or hearing with Kavanaugh and never told her Democrat colleagues about the allegation. After knowledge of the allegation was made public, Feinstein then only made a cryptic statement about a matter she turned over to the FBI, which declined to investigate the matter.
Even after Feinstein sent the allegation to the FBI, Senate Democrats weren’t littering the news with calls to denounce Kavanaugh.
After the GOP statement was released, Senate Democrats called for the committee vote on Kavanaugh to be postponed. It will not be.