Woman comes forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 17, 2018,
Sep 17, 2018, 0:12
Maggie Hassan is among the growing list of senators who have said that they will not support the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to U.S. Supreme Court. She said she locked herself in a bathroom until she heard the two boys leave. She says that Kavanaugh and a friend forced her into a secluded bedroom during a party in the early 1980s.
Last week, the New York Times cited a "secretive letter shared with senators and federal investigators by the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee" outlining the allegations from an unnamed woman. While his friend watched, the woman said, Kavanaugh pinned her down, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. They turned up the music, and Kavanaugh, who was drunk, held her down and tried to remove her clothes, she alleges.
Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.
A spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, responding to the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination, said, "It's disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote". "I never saw anything like what was described", Judge told the newspaper at the time. The Post reviewed notes made by the therapist that included a description of the alleged incident but did not name Kavanaugh.
She believes that the incident occurred in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and going to an all-girls school in Bethesda, Md. She also told a therapist in 2012 about a "rape attempt" when she was in her teens, although she didn't name Kavanaugh. Feinstein has had the letter since July and did not discuss the matter with fellow Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which oversees Supreme Court nominations. Judge stood across the room and both of the boys were laughing "maniacally", Ford said.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) said Sunday she would have handled the sexual misconduct allegation against Brett Kavanaugh differently than Sen.
Last week, Kavanaugh said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations.
Ford is a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University who teaches in a consortium with Stanford University.
In addition to contacting Feinstein in July, Ford also reached out to the Post.
Last week, Republicans said they still planned to move forward with the scheduled September 20 vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh's confirmation. Ford declined to speak to the Post on the record until this week, after the letter's existence was revealed.
Ford is a registered Democrat.
John Dean, the Watergate whistleblower, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the final day of the Kavanaugh hearings. It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation.
Ford initially sought to keep her identity private.
But her calculus changed when her account began to leak and reporters began to approach her.
'These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid, ' she told the paper.
"Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation", Ford told the Post.