Kavanaugh, she added, proceeded to jump on top of her, and when she yelled for help, "Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". Dianne Feinstein after President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh as his nominee.
Meanwhile, another woman has come forward with new allegations about Kavanaugh, accusing him of inappropriate behavior while he was in high school.
Dr Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.
She claimed: "When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all very shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually". Kavanaugh's confirmation would cement conservative control of the high court as Trump moves to shift it and the broader federal judiciary to the right. On the eve of the hearing, Mr. Trump said his own history of being accused of sexual assault informed his views.
"What they have endured ought to be considered by all of us as unacceptable and a poor reflection on the state of civility in our democracy", Grassley said. He also apologized for the harsh treatment - which has included death threats - that both Ford and Kavanaugh have endured.
Speaking Wednesday during a press conference, Trump said the allegations against Kavanaugh "are all false to me". All the three allegations have been denied by the Supreme Court nominee.
In 1982, when she was at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, she also said that she became a victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Kavanaugh and Judge were present.
Ford told The Post that she told her therapist and her husband about the encounter in 2012.
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Hill took great pains not to speculate on Kavanaugh specifically, but she did acknowledge that "someone who comes into the court should not have a cloud over himself and over the court".
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and in his prepared opening statement released Wednesday, reiterated those denials "categorically and unequivocally".
There's not much doubt what Kavanaugh will say about Ford.
Through a series of broader questions about his time during the Starr investigation, Kavanaugh continued to deny he had shoved a woman against a wall, behaved violently toward a woman or socialized with someone from Boulder, Colorado. Democrats are likely to grill Kavanaugh on all of their allegations and the corroborations from some of their friends and classmates, as well as his drinking habits in high school and college.
The panel is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on the accusations, ahead of a vote Friday on Kavanaugh's nomination.
Transcripts of private interviews with committee investigators show they asked Kavanaugh about two previously undisclosed accusations received by Senate offices.
Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation.