Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Assault

Margot Edinger

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford stated that in the early 1980s she and Kavanaugh were students at Maryland high schools Holton-Arms and Georgetown Prep respectively. It was during this time that Ford and Kavanaugh attended a party. At this party, Ford alleges, an intoxicated Brett Kavanaugh forced her into a room, pinned her on the bed, and groped her as he attempted to remove her clothes all while covering her mouth to muffle her screams.

Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, was an alleged spectator to Ford’s assault and watched and laughed as the scene unplayed. Ford said that she escaped after Judge jumped on top of them, and did not come forward to the police about the assault in the days following.

In July 2018, upon noticing that Kavanaugh’s name had been on the shortlist of potential candidates to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Ford wrote a confidential letter to California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein about the incident. Her anonymity was maintained throughout the summer, but on September 16 the Washington Post published an article revealing her identity.  

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied any allegations. However, Ford maintains her stance. According to the Washington Post, the first time she told anyone about the incident was during a 2012 couples therapy session with her husband. She provided the therapist’s notes from the session, which mention an incident without calling Kavanaugh out by name. In addition, Ford provided another set of notes from an individual therapy session in 2013 which describe a “rape attempt” occurred when she was a teenager.

Ford has decided that she is willing to speak with lawmakers as they question whether or not to postpone the vote of Kavanaugh’s nomination. Kavanaugh says that he would be willing to testify to clear his name in the presence of the Senate Judiciary Committee.