Three women; Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick have all come forward to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault or misconduct.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
What she said – Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was about 15 at a party in suburban Maryland in the early 1980s. Dr Ford claimed that a friend of Judge Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, was in the room.
Who is she – Dr. Ford, 51, is a research psychologist at Palo Alto University in Northern California.
Judge Kavanaugh’s response – Judge Kavanaugh has denied the accusations, and the White House has said it stands by those denials.
What happened – The Judiciary Committee’s vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination was delayed
What she said – During the 1983-84 school year at Yale University, when she and Judge Kavanaugh were freshmen, he exposed himself to her during a drinking game in a dorm room.
Who is she – Ms. Ramirez has worked with a domestic violence organization and joined its board in 2014. She also works for the Boulder County housing department.
Judge Kavanaugh’s response – Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation, saying in a statement to The New Yorker, “This is a smear, plain and simple.”
What happened – More than 2,200 Yale women have signed a letter of support for Ms. Ramirez.
What she said – Sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. Ms. Swetnick said she observed Judge Kavanaugh at parties where women were verbally abused, inappropriately touched and “gang raped.”
Who is she – Like Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Swetnick, 55, is from the Washington suburbs. She grew up in Montgomery County, Md., graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1980. She attended the University of Maryland
Judge Kavanaugh’s response – In a statement issued by the White House, Judge Kavanaugh said there was no truth to the claim. “This is ridiculous and from the ‘Twilight Zone,’” he said. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”
What happened – SenateJ udiciary Committee aides confirmed that they were examining Ms. Swetnick’s declaration.