Judge Brett Kavanaugh is next in the hot seat where he will be questioned by lawmakers on allegations of sexual assault immediately after his accuser faced an emotionally grueling morning session before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
In her first public statements, Christine Blasey Ford recounted details from her alleged encounter with the Supreme Court nominee when they were both teenagers. She claims he sexually assaulted her at a party during their high school years in the early 1980s.
Ford at times appeared to fight back tears recalling her alleged assault. She testified that she felt it was her "civic duty" to come forward publicly. She told the body that she was "100 percent" sure Kavanaugh had assaulted her. Kavanaugh will now face similar questions into his past by Senate Democrats and outside prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was selected by Republican members to handle posing their questions.
What Ford has alleged
- Ford claims that Kavanaugh in the 1980s unsuccessfully attempted to force himself on her at a high school party when she was a 15-year-old sophomore. Kavanaugh would have been 17 at the time.
- Ford alleges that Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed and groped her, trying to remove her clothing
- When she tried to scream, Ford said Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth