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She said it took a "public outcry" for Ford to get to come before the Judiciary panel.
Today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing starts at 10 a.m., and Ford - now a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University - will testify first.
Kavanaugh rejected the latest claim Wednesday as "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone". Attorney Michael Avenatti shared a sworn statement by Julie Swetnick, who alleged that Kavanaugh grabbed girls without their consent and that she saw him standing in line outside a room during a "gang rape" at a party.
"Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired", he added. "These are last minute smears, pure and simple".
Mr Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, putting his nomination for the high court at risk.
The four sworn affidavits are among the information the committee is considering on the eve of the testimony.
Swetnick says that in 1981 and 1982, she became aware of efforts by Judge, Kavanaugh and others to "spike the punch at house parties" so as to "cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No'".
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Ford's lifelong friend has said she doesn't know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life". Kavanaugh said he would not be intimidated into withdrawing and called the accusations a "coordinated effort" of smears.
A woman has come forward with new allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing him of inappropriate behavior while he was in high school.
Design agency Godfrey Dadich Partners says the ad was crafted in the same style as a 1991 full-page ad where 1,600 black women showed support for Anita Hill as she accused then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
Despite Ford's confidence in her memory, these new witnesses will likely play a key role in Thursday's testimony.
Dr Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.
The hearing has brought back memories of the Senate confirmation process almost three decades ago for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill.
There is no question in my mind that Mark Judge has significant information concerning the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh during the 1980s, especially as it relates to his actions toward women. "And no, I've never done anything like that", Kavanaugh said.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr Ford. I don't know who this is and this never happened". I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time.
"I feel for her because I know how terrifying this is and how nervous she's been and how it has impacted her life".
As the Senate hearing on the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh began Thursday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker reiterated his calls for an independent investigation into the accusations before the chamber votes on the judge's confirmation to the Supreme Court.