The woman who anonymously accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of trying to force himself on her during a high school party in the 1980s has publicly come forward with her allegation.
Christine Blasey Ford, now a California-based clinical psychology professor, wrote a letter in July to her congresswoman, Democrat Rep. Anna Eshoo, outlining how Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her on her back in a Maryland bedroom during a gathering of his Georgetown Preparatory School classmates and attempted to muffle her screams for help with his hand, the Washington Post reported Sunday. But Ford was able to disentangle herself when his friend Mark Judge, who had been watching the encounter, jumped on top of them.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford, 51, told the newspaper of Kavanaugh. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
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Ford, who attended Holton-Arms School, also in Maryland, believes the party happened in 1982 when she was 15, making Kavanaugh 17. However, she cannot remember where it took place other than it was near the Columbia Country Club pool in Chevy Chase, Md. She additionally does not recall who organized it nor how she got home, only that she locked herself in a bathroom until she thought it was safe.
Ford did not tell anyone about the incident at the time, including her parents whom she was concerned would get angry at her for being at an unsupervised event with alcohol. She did convey to her husband Russell Ford shortly after meeting him that she had once been physically abused, but did not go into detail of how Kavanaugh allegedly groped her until a couples therapy session in 2012.
Judge declined to comment to the Washington Post. Two other party attendees Ford named did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment.
Ford, a registered Democrat, had her experience previously shared anonymously in a New Yorker article published Friday, one day after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, referred the matter to federal authorities after excerpts of Ford's letter to Eshoo starting leaking to the press.
After sending the letter, signed using her maiden name, Ford engaged a lawyer, who recommended she take a polygraph test with a former FBI agent. The results of the polygraph test were forwarded to the Post, and reportedly indicate that Ford was not lying.
Ford decided not to reveal her identity until the media leaks last week. “These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid,” Ford told the Washington Post. “Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.”
The White House sent the Post a denial from Kavanaugh that was published when the allegation first surfaced: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah added, “As the story notes, we are standing with Judge Kavanaugh’s denial.”
The Senate judiciary panel was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination last week, but that has since been delayed until Thursday.
Democrats have been criticized by Republicans, and some members of their own caucus, for mishandling the sensitive information provided by Ford.