"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. Republicans are aiming for full Senate confirmation of Kavanaugh before the Supreme Court term begins October 1.
"She is. She's willing to do whatever it takes to get her story forth", lawyer Debra Katz said on NBC's "Today" show when asked if her client would speak publicly about President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. The test determined that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations, according to the Post.
Ford said that Kavanaugh forced himself on her by pinning her to a bed in the early 1980s, when the two were attending nearby high schools in Maryland.
Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, issued a statement calling for a delay.
Last week, Kavanaugh, the Republican president's second nominee for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court, said he "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegations. Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980's.More news: NOAA: Sub-Tropical Storm Joyce Projected Path, Spaghetti Models
There is a way back to the better times of which Ginsburg spoke, though it will require great courage and character - to confirm the highly qualified Kavanaugh with a bipartisan vote. She says the woman considers Kavanaugh's actions "attempted rape". She says both Kavanaugh and Judge were "stumbling drunk", and Judge eventually jumped on top of both of them, allowing her to struggle free and lock herself in the bathroom until the boys left.
"We also must respect and listen to Dr. Ford, who is now a target of personal attacks because she had the courage to come forward", the Illinois Democrat said in a statement. Jeff Flake of Arizona, echoed that sentiment, saying he was "not comfortable" moving forward with a vote scheduled or this Thursday out of the committee. She says she was anxious he might "inadvertently kill" her as he allegedly covered her mouth with his hand to stop her from screaming.
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".
Kavanaugh's potential impact on the abortion debate is a risk to the GOP's already lacklustre standing with women, and the sexual assault allegation could make things worse. "I think the Senate is headed toward a reasonable approach, allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony", Conway said.
As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans - all 11 on the GOP side are men - Sens. Ford said, "Why suffer through the annihilation if it's not going to matter?"
Judge Kavanaugh's background has been thoroughly vetted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on six different occasions throughout his decades of public service, and no such allegation ever surfaced. She said she believed the attack occurred in 1982.