Prof. Ford In A Historic Moment In The #MeToo Movement
Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, reacts while testifying before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland – Photo: Getty Images North America.
Christine Blasey Ford, the psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both high schoolers, has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in what is likely to be a historic moment in the #MeToo movement, according to senior editor Ted Johnson of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Kavanaugh will appear later in the day to respond to her accusations, something that he has vehemently denied.
Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, asked Ford questions as the Republicans chosen investigative counsel.
His nomination likely hangs in the balance, but the stakes also are high for members of both parties, as the hearing is taking place so close to this year’s midterm elections.
The past 24 hours have seen a flurry of news, including new accusations leveled at Kavanaugh from other accusers, President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he could change his mind on the nomination, and the appearance of one accuser, Julie Swetnick, on Showtime’s “The Circus.”
“Mark your calendar. I think we’re going to remember today many years from now,” FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote Thursday on Twitter.
Ford’s attorney’s released an advance copy of her opening statement, in which she will say, “I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.”
The hearing itself may very well be more subdued that Kavanaugh’s previous four days of testimony: It’s being held in a much smaller hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building where press and public access is limited.
Asked what is the most vivid memory that she had of the alleged assault, Ford said it was the laughter between Kavanaugh and Judge.
“The laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and them having fun at my expense,” Ford said.
Mitchell asked whether other factors could have contributed to her anxiety, and Ford gives an answer that reflected her credentials as a professor of psychology.
“The etiology of anxiety and PTSD is multi-factorial,” she said.
Later, Mitchell questioned Ford’s stated fear of flying, asking her how she got to Washington for the hearing.
Ford said that she was able to “get up the gumption” to fly to DC, as she did on other long-distance trips. The line of questioning seemed to be aimed at establishing inconsistencies in what Ford has said and the source of her trauma over the incident.
Follow along for updates at Variety.com