Evangelical leader Franklin Graham does not believe the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is relevant to his confirmation, according to an interview with CBN News.
Graham told the Christian publication Tuesday that "it's just a shame that a person like Judge Kavanaugh who has a stellar record--that somebody can bring something up that he did as a teenager close to 40 years ago. That's not relevant."
He added that he hopes the Senate will not allow this development to stand in the way of confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
> When questioned about the message that such a view sends to sexual abuse victims Graham said, "Well, there wasn't a crime committed. These are two teenagers and it's obvious that she said no and he respected it and walked away."
> Graham then noted that Kavanaugh has denied the accusation. "He just flat out says that's not true. Regardless if it was true, these are two teenagers and she said no and he respected that so I don't know what the issue is."
However, this is not the story Christine Blasey Ford told to The Washington Post or recounted in her letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
According to Ford’s account, Kavanaugh did not respect her wishes during the encounter:
> Ford, a psychology professor, wrote a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in late July, accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party in a suburban Maryland home in the 1980's when they were both high school students. She described a drunken Kavanaugh pushing her into a bedroom, locking the door and getting on top of her while trying to disrobe her. She says he put his hand over her mouth and she feared he would inadvertently kill her.
Rather than Kavanaugh walking away, Ford said she was able to escape only when his friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them and they all three went tumbling.