1600 men say they believe Christine Blasey Ford in full-page newspaper ad

US judge Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegations

US judge Brett Kavanaugh faces fresh allegations

Wednesday's ad expresses support for survivors of sexual assault against the backdrop of high-profile accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

She alleged that Kavanaugh and others while in high school spiked the drinks of girls at parties with intoxicants to make it easier for them to be gang raped.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's and other women's allegations of sexual misconduct.

Lana Trickovic, 27, spent her morning watching the hearing from her Loop home and described herself feeling "terrified" as she listened to Ford's account.

Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, said a drunken Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing at a gathering of teenagers in Maryland when he was 17 years old and she was 15. On Monday, Julie Swetnick filed an affidavit with Congress claiming that, at several parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh plied women with drug and/or alcohol-laced punch and forced them into sex.

How Kavanaugh could impact Supreme Court: Kavanaugh is a staunch conservative, and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court - furthering Trump's efforts to shift the federal judiciary to the right. However, he has said he would listen to what Ford has to say at the hearing and, if persuaded, could withdraw the nomination.

She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a awful choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain.

"When you are guilty until proven innocent it's just not supposed to be that way", he said.

Republicans largely expressed confidence in Kavanaugh, emerging from a closed-door lunch with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday to say the nominee remained on track for confirmation.

The release also outlines a number of others the committee has interviewed, including friends of Kavanaugh and those who know the women who have lodged accusations against him. Thus, they will avoid having their all-male contingent interrogating Ford about the details of what she describes as a harrowing assault.

Kavanaugh and Ford were the only witnesses invited to testify before the panel of 11 Republicans - all men - and 10 Democrats. She will be asked questions by the 21 senators on the committee.

He decried the "media circus" around the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh and said the nominee and Dr Ford had been through a awful couple of weeks since she leveled her accusation. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone-not in high school, not in college, not ever. Judge Kavanaugh understood that he testified under penalty of felony, subject to up to 5 years of imprisonment.

In evidence for the hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he has never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser.

But the timing of the accusations, released by Avenatti just before a Senate Judiciary Committee vote which has been scheduled by Republicans for Friday, has raised some eyebrows. "It's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh ..."

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