Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings | On Point

Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings | On Point

Christine Blasey Ford who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, has recounted in detail the incident she says took place when they were teenagers.

She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a bad choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain.

In his opening statement, he called the allegations against him, including from two other women who've gone public, "crazy stuff" and "all nonsense".

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

But Ford, a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, seemed very credible to numerous Yalies who watched the proceedings.

Kavanaugh told the senators, his voice raised: "I have never done this to her or to anyone".

Kavanaugh, she added, proceeded to jump on top of her, and when she yelled for help, "Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". Committee investigators specifically asked Judge Kavanaugh about all pending accusations, in specificity.

The Republican said that as a lawyer himself, he's "not going to assume he's guilty" during Thursday's highly-anticipated hearing.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., asked about several references in Kavanaugh's yearbook, including one to the "Renate Alumni", which has been interpreted as a sexual reference. She was raised in CT as a self-described "devout Catholic" and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has since told United States media that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a college party in the 1980s. She said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh and another boy she said was in the room fell off the bed.

"She was a great friend of ours".

She also recounted how the alleged attack altered her life, describing anxiety and claustrophobia that prompted her to demand adding a second front door when her home was remodeled.

Through a series of broader questions about his time during the Starr investigation, Kavanaugh continued to deny he had shoved a woman against a wall, behaved violently toward a woman or socialized with someone from Boulder, Colorado.

Swetnick says that in 1981 and 1982, she became aware of efforts by Judge, Kavanaugh and others to "spike the punch at house parties" so as to "cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No'".

The new accuser, Julie Swetnick, was identified by her lawyer Michael Avenatti on Twitter Wednesday morning. Both boys were inebriated, she said. She worked in systems engineering and as a Web master.

As part of her opening statement, Ford described the thoughts she had during her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh in high school.

Swetnick said she was a victim of one of the gang rapes, but she did not allege that Kavanaugh or Judge attacked her.

Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred, that he had sexually assaulted any woman in Rhode Island or that two men injured him and someone named Mark.

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