- In her testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford said that weeks later when she saw Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, who she says was in the room, “he looked a little bit ill.”
- Ford said Judge was laughing and playing loud music as Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and groped her. Judge has denied the allegation.
- Follow live updates from Ford’s testimony here.
In her testimony on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her in the 1980s, Christine Blasey Ford said that weeks later when she saw Mark Judge, who she says was in the room, he looked “a little bit ill.”
Responding to a question from Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Ford recounted seeing Judge at a Safeway grocery store in suburban Maryland “six to eight weeks” after the alleged assault.
“Mark Judge looked like he was working there and arranging the shopping carts,” she said. “I said hello to him, and his face was white and very uncomfortable saying hello back. And we had previously been friendly at the times that we saw each other over the previous two years.”
She continued: “I wouldn’t characterise him as not friendly – he was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me. And he looked a little bit ill.”
Judge seemed to refer to working at a grocery store in high school in an excerpt from his memoir, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,” in a paragraph where he discusses suffering “catastrophic hangovers” that made “getting through the day an Olympic event.”
“This was never more evident to me than when, to raise money for football camp, I spent a few weeks working as a bag boy at the local supermarket,” he wrote.
Ford said in her opening statement that Judge was in the room where Kavanaugh assaulted her at a gathering in suburban Maryland in the summer of 1982. She alleged that Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed and groped her, placing his hand over her mouth to keep her from crying out.
Earlier in her hearing, Ford accused Judge of aiding and participating in the assault.
“They locked the door and played loud music, precluding any successful attempt to yell for help,” Ford said.
“They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state,” she said, adding that she even made eye contact with Judge at several points, hoping he would help her.
Judge denied the allegations in a statement from his attorney submitted to the committee. He has not responded to Democratic calls for him to testify under oath.
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- Watch live updates of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing here
- ‘I am terrified’: Ford details her sexual-assault allegation in gut-wrenching opening statement
- ‘I will not be intimidated into withdrawing’: Kavanaugh defiant in prepared remarks for Senate hearing
- Ford says the strongest memory she has of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault was ‘the uproarious laughter’
- Ford says she decided to come forward after reporters were sitting outside of her house and showing up in her classroom where she taught
- Here is the polygraph test Ford took following her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh
- Meet Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high-school friend and the other man who’s becoming central to the allegations
- Here are all the allegations against Kavanaugh
- How the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing compares to the 1991 Anita Hill hearing
- Meet Rachel Mitchell, the woman questioning Ford about her Kavanaugh allegations
- Meet Brett Kavanaugh, ‘the Forrest Gump of Republican politics’
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