WATCH: Christine Ford Gives Emotional Opening Statement: ‘I Am Terrified’
Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, delivered an emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
She claims that 36 years ago, President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court pick groped her and tried to rape her while drunk at a high school party. Her allegations prompted the committee to postpone its vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation and schedule Thursday’s hearing. Kavanaugh is set to testify after Ford.
“I am here today not because I want to be,” Ford told the committee. “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.”
She described her alleged attack in graphic detail. At the small party in high school, she said, she drank one beer, while Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were “visibly drunk.” At one point she walked upstairs, and was “pushed from behind into a bedroom.”
There, she said, Judge turned up the music in the room and Kavanaugh jumped on top of her.
He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes. I believed he was going to rape me. 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.
From there, Ford explained how she came to reveal her allegations against Kavanaugh publicly.
She concluded by noting: “these last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life. I have had to relive my trauma in front of the entire world, and have seen my life picked apart by people on television, in the media, and in this body who have never met me or spoken with me. I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives. Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn.”
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