DOCTOR Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as teenagers at a house party in 1982.
Ford came forward as he was being appointed to his position and testified about the alleged sexual assault in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018.
Here is more on Dr Blasey Ford and what she said about Kavanaugh.
Who was Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser Dr Ford?
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, 53, is a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University who grew up in the suburbs of Washington DC.
She's also a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
What did she say about him?
Ford claimed she was pushed into a room by a 17-year-old Kavanaugh who was “stumbling drunk” and was groped while his friends watched nearly 36 years ago.
She said he clapped his hand across her mouth when she screamed, pushing down so tightly she was struggling to breathe to the point where she thought she was going to die.
The two tumbled off the bed and she fled the room, locking herself in a bathroom until she heard Kavanaugh and his friends go downstairs, Ford claimed.
She told the Senate: “I am here today not because I want to be.
“I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me with Brett,” she said.
When was the sexual assault hearing?
Kavanaugh came under fire in September of 2018 after a series of women claimed he had sexually assaulted them in high school and college.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard witness testimonies from September 4–7, 2018 to decide whether or not to appoint him to the highest court in the US.
It was then revealed that Ford had written a letter to Sen Dianne Feinstein in July accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were both in high school in 1982.
The Committee postponed its vote and asked for both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford to appear at a public hearing held on September 27, 2018.
Why did Kavanaugh say ‘I like beer’?
Kavanaugh mentioned in his sexual assault hearing that he “liked beer” after he was accused of being a “stumbling drunk” by Blasey Ford.
He said: "I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did.
“Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did.
“I liked beer. I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually assaulted anyone," he added.
What was the outcome of the trial?
Kavanaugh denied all accusations against him, including those from Blasey Ford.
Senator John Kennedy confronted Kavanaugh after Blasey Ford’s statement and said: “I’m going to give you a last opportunity right here, right in front of God and country.
“I want you to look me in the eye. Are Dr. Ford’s allegations true?”
Kavanaugh striked back and said: “They’re not accurate as to me.
“I have not questioned that she might have been sexually assaulted at some point in her life by someone someplace.
“But as to me, I’ve never done this,” he added.
The hearing then concluded and Kavanaugh was appointed Supreme Court Judge in October of 2018.
Blasey Ford mentioned she had received death threats for coming forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh.
During her testimony, Blasey Ford stated: "I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable.
“People have posted my personal information on the internet.
“This has resulted in additional emails, calls, and threats.
“My family and I were forced to move out of our home," she added.
She has mentioned she has gone into hiding and it is unclear if she will resume teaching at Palo Alto University.
Who appoints Supreme Court justices?
Who is Kavanaugh’s wife?
Kavanaugh has been married to his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh since 2004.
She is a public official and former political aide.
Estes Kavanaugh served as an assistant to George W. Bush from 1996 through 1999, during his tenure as Governor of Texas.
She also served in the George W. Bush 2000 presidential campaign.
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When Bush became President in January 2001, Estes Kavanaugh took the position of Personal Secretary to the President, serving in the position until 2004.
Currently, she is serving as town manager of the village of Chevy Chase Section Five, Maryland.
The couple have two children together.
What did President Trump say about Kamala Harris and Brett Kavanaugh?
During a press conference at the White House, a reporter asked President Donald Trump what he thought about Kamala Harris, who is Joe Biden’s pick for vice president.
President Trump called Harris "extraordinarily nasty" towards Kavanaugh during his hearing.
He mentioned that he "won't forget" how she treated him while questioning Kavanaugh about women's reproductive rights.