"He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing", Ford said.
Ms Ford, who is now 51, works at Palo Alto University in California.
But the allegations of sexual misconduct, particularly coming amid the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, coupled with Ford's emergence could complicate matters, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalising abortion in the US. "She's taken a position that this set of behavior is egregious and it certainly should bare on his fitness and his character", said Katz. She submitted to a polygraph test with an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and passed, and while polygraph tests have questionable value, a person who was making up an accusation would probably not want to offer to take one.
Two moderate Republican female senators who support abortion rights and are not on the Judiciary Committee, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, have been under particular pressure not to back Kavanaugh, who is seen as a social conservative and if confirmed, is considered likely to tilt the top USA court even further to the right.
Right. This woman now coming forward alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend, a man by the name of Mark Judge is the one she's accusing here, corralled her into a back bedroom.
The newspaper said Ford first made contact via an anonymous tip line earlier in the summer, when Kavanaugh's name began to be linked to the supreme court position.More news: Surprise, surprise! OnePlus just announced the OnePlus TV
The White House did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Sunday. After all, Hill's friend, administrative law judge Susan Hoerchner, had reportedly sprung a similar surprise on a fellow judge, with complete success, and it may well have been she who urged Hill to try the same tactic with Thomas.
In response to the Post story, the White House sent the same statement to press outlets including the Guardian.
"I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable moving ahead with the vote on Thursday if we have not heard her side of the story or explored this further", Flake said.
Kavanaugh's accuser went public with allegations on Sunday, but Feinstein received a letter with the claims in July. The Post said it had reviewed the therapist's notes, which were provided by Ford. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me."-Professor Ford about -Kavanaugh assault".
She added she did not tell anyone about the attack until 2012 when she brought it up during couples counseling therapy with her husband. "Unfortunately what we're already hearing this morning is that the Republicans intend to play hard ball, they intend to grill her".
"In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect", the letter said. "That can not happen in this case", Schumer said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham also expressed "concerns" about the timing of the allegations on Sunday, but welcomed Ford to offer the committee any information she has "immediately so the process can continue as scheduled". Katz, who recommended Ford take the test, later provided the The Post with the results, which maintain that Ford told the truth when she affirmed the accuracy of her allegations against Kavanaugh.
A separate report in the New York Times said people who described the letter told the publication that the woman "considered the incident an assault".