Christine Blasey Ford has gone on record.
And what she has to say may alter the future of judicial decisions in America for the next four decades.
A 51-year-old research psychologist and professor, Ford told The Washington Post over the weekend that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her in high school.
She had previously written an anonymous letter, which Senator Diane Feinstein passed along to the FBI this month, that detailed the alleged incident.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," Ford told The Post of the attack. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing."
Ford said the incident took place at a house party in which Kavanaugh held her down... turned up the music so that other party goers could not hear what was going on ... and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.
She only managed to escape when another man (later identified as Mark Judge) jumped on top of Kavanaugh, prompting him to loosen his grip.
Other details from Ford include the following:
- She sent Feinstein this letter in July, as soon as she saw Kavanaugh's name on a list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
- She has passed a lie detector test administered by the FBI.
- Her therapist has notes from 2012 in which Ford did not name Kavanaugh, but did describe an incident from many decades ago pretty much exactly as she describes here to The Post.
Kavanaugh has issued a statement in response to this accusation that reads as follows:
"I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."
The White House has referred reporters to this statement when asked to comment, but pressure is now mounting to delay a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
The vote is currently scheduled for this Thursday.
"This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored," even someone as awful as Kellyanne Conway told Fox News on Monday morning, adding:
"Let me make very clear: I've spoken with the President, I've spoken with Senator Graham and others. This woman will be heard... I think the Senate Judiciary Committee will decide how and through which forum."
Through her lawyer, Debra Katz, Ford has said she is willing to testify under oath in front of the Judiciary Committee.
"She's willing to do what she needs to do, she's willing to hopefully tell her story in a manner that is a fair proceeding," Katz says.
"Unfortunately what we're already hearing this morning is that the Republicans intend to play hard ball, they intend to grill her."
Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement on Sunday that he was actively working to set up follow up calls with both Kavanaugh and Ford ahead of Thursday's scheduled vote
Below, meanwhile, we've shared the full letter sent to Feinstein by a then-anoymous Ford in July:
I am writing with information relevant in evaluating the current nominee to the Supreme Court.
As a constituent, I expect that you will maintain this as confidential until we have further opportunity to speak.
Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980's. He conducted these acts with the assistance of REDACTED.
Both were one to two years older than me and students at a local private school.
The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others.
Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stair well from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help.
Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with REDACTED, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me.
From across the room a very drunken REDACTED said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from "go for it" to "stop."
At one point when REDACTED jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom.
I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home.
I have not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the assault. I did see REDACTED once at the REDACTED where he was extremely uncomfortable seeing me.
I have received medical treatment regarding the assault.
On July 6 I notified my local government representative to ask them how to proceed with sharing this information . It is upsetting to discuss sexual assault and its repercussions, yet I felt guilty and compelled as a citizen about the idea of not saying anything.
I am available to speak further should you wish to discuss. I am currently REDACTED and will be in REDACTED.