A woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago came forward publicly Sunday, detailing her allegations about the Supreme Court nominee in an interview with The Washington Post.
According to the Post's account, Ford described how Kavanaugh and a friend - both "stumbling drunk" - corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery county, Maryland.
Ford said the schoolmate jumped on top of them, which somehow allowed her to escape.
Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of workplace sexual harassment during his confirmation hearing back in 1991, said she has seen "firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser and no one should have to endure that again". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Kavanaugh was quickly defended by friends and acquaintances from the time who cast doubts on the alleged incident.
Kavanaugh denies her allegations and, in a statement to the New Yorker, said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".
A White House spokesman had not responded to a request for comment on the Post article.
After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - a letter from an anonymous woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein. The FBI said last week that it was made aware of the allegation on September 12 and included the material "as part of Judge Kavanaugh's file, as per the standard process". "I never saw Brett act that way", he said before Ford's identity was revealed. Ford's husband, Russell Ford, says he remembers hearing Kavanaugh's name in the therapy sessions.
But now Ford's decision to put her name behind the accusations - made after weeks of reluctance - will nearly certainly intensify the push by Democrats to delay Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation vote.
Reporters, Ford said, had begun to make contact with her after the anonymous description emerged.
Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in another letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who "always treated women with decency and respect".
Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, issued a statement on Sunday calling for a delay. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up the confirmation Thursday.
"Throughout 25 years of public service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has thoroughly and repeatedly vetted Judge Kavanaugh, dating back to 1993, for some of the most highly sensitive roles".
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