Four individuals have signed declarations attesting to the fact that Christine Blasey Ford told them of her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh long before he was selected by President Donald Trump to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.
According to USA Today, Ford’s attorneys furnished those declarations to the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of Thursday’s hearing, during which both Ford and Kavanaugh will be questioned.
> In documents sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by USA TODAY, Ford’s attorneys present declarations from Ford’s husband, Russell, and three friends who support the California college professor’s accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982.
Kavanaugh has firmly denied Ford's accusations, as well as a second accuser. On Wednesday, attorney Michael Avenatti revealed a third accuser, who claims she was "gang" raped during a party where Kavanaugh was present.
The following people have signed declarations in support of Ford's story:
> In her declaration, Adela Gildo-Mazzon said Ford told her about the alleged assault during a June 2013 meal at a restaurant in Mountain View, California, and contacted Ford’s attorneys on Sept. 16 to tell them Ford had confided in her five years ago.
> “During our meal, Christine was visibly upset, so I asked her what was going on,” Gildo-Mazzon said in her declaration. “Christine told me she had been having a hard day because she was thinking about an assault she experienced when she was much younger. She said she had been almost raped by someone who was now a federal judge. She told me she had been trapped in a room with two drunken guys, and that she had escaped, ran away and hid.”
> According to her declaration, Gildo-Mazzon has known Ford for more than 10 years and considers her “a good friend.”
> In another declaration, Keith Koegler said Ford revealed the alleged assault to him in 2016, when the two parents were watching their children play in a public place and discussing the “light” sentencing of Stanford University student Brock Turner.
> “Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner’s lenient sentence, stating that she was particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.,” Koegler said.
Koegler said Ford mentioned the assault again in June 2018 after Justice Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court:
> On that day, Koegler said Ford revealed to him in an email that the person who had assaulted her in high school was President Donald Trump’s “favorite for SCOTUS.”
> In his response email, Koegler wrote, “I remember you telling me about him, but I don’t remember his name. Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?”
> Ford’s emailed response: “Brett Kavanaugh.”
> In his declaration, Koegler said he met the Fords while coaching their son’s baseball team more than five years ago.
> In another declaration, Rebecca White, a neighbor and friend of more than six years, said Ford revealed the alleged assault against her in 2017.
> “I was walking my dog and Christine was outside of her house,” White said. “I stopped to speak with her, and she told me she had read a recent social media post I had written about my own experience with sexual assault.
> “She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen,” White continued. “I remember her saying that her assailant was now a federal judge.”
> In his declaration, Ford’s husband said he learned of his wife’s experience with sexual assault “around the time we got married” but that she didn’t share details until a couple’s therapy session in 2012.
> “I remember her saying that her attacker’s name was Brett Kavanaugh, that he was a successful lawyer who had grown up in Christine’s home town, and that he was well-known in the Washington, D.C., community,” Russell Ford said.
> He said his wife was “afraid” Trump would nominate Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and was “very conflicted” about whether she should come forward with her story.
> “However, in the end she believed her civic duty required her to speak out,” Russell Ford said. “In our 16 years of marriage, I have always known Christine to be truthful person of great integrity. I am proud of her for her bravery and courage.”