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As it happened: Anger, tears as Ford, Kavanaugh testify before Senate

Saul Loeb, AFP | Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (left), and Brett Kavanaugh (right) testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault, both testified at an often emotional and dramatic Senate hearing Thursday. Follow events as they happened with FRANCE 24's live blog below.

  • Ford, now a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, has accused Kavanaugh of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing when he was drunk at a gathering of teenagers in Maryland in 1982. He was 17 at the time and she was 15.
  • The accuser appeared close to tears at times during testimony that lasted nearly four hours. She said she believed Kavanaugh was "going to rape" her and feared he would "accidentally kill" her when he covered her mouth during the alleged assault.
  • Ford said she was "one hundred percent" sure that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her.
  • Kavanaugh, appearing before the committee after Ford, said he "unequivocally and categorically" denied Ford's allegation. "I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process," he added.
  • At times appearing angry and tearful, Kavanaugh said he was the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination".
  • Writing on Twitter after the hearing, President Donald Trump said of Kavanaugh, "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist."
  • Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, was picked by Trump for a lifetime job on the high court in July.

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