Who is Christine Blasey Ford, what's she said about Brett Kavanaugh and when did she accuse him of sexual assault?

Christine Blasey Ford said a drunk Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and tried to rip her clothes off at a party in the 1980s. Here's what we know about her.

Who is Christine Blasey Ford?

Christine Blasey Ford is a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in Northern California.

The 51-year-old said in an interview with the Wasington Post published on Sunday, September 16, that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh in 1982.

Judge Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to join the US Supreme Court – the highest court in the United States – denies the allegation.

But his route to confirmation was thrown into disarray by the troubling claims.

What did she say about Brett Kavanaugh during her testimony?

Reading from a prepared statement, she said the incident occurred when she was pushed into a bedroom by Kavanaugh and his pal Mark Judge at a house party as teenagers.

She said: "Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes.

"I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming.

"It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me."

What are the sexual assault claims?

Ms Ford said that a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh and a pal of his approached her at a High School party in the 1980s.

She claimed they forced her into a bedroom at a house in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes while the friend watched, Ms Ford alleged.

He pushed his body against hers and attempted to undress her, the Washington Post reported.

And when she tried to scream he allegedly put his hand over her mouth and the unknown friend turned up the music.

Ms Ford told the newspaper: "I thought he might inadvertently kill me.

"He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing".

Judge Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

In a statement backed by the White House he said: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation.

"I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

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