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Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford moves, hires security

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Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme Court
nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate
Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation
hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September, 2018.

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  • Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge
    Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during their high
    school years in the 1980s, has moved out of her house and hired
    private security because of death threats she has received
    since coming forward.
  • Ford, a mother of two teenagers, has received vulgar
    emails and messages on social media, a New York Times report
    said.
  • “From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you
    disgusting slime,” one of the messages reportedly
    read.
  • Ford and her attorney have yet to respond to
    invitations to testify at a public hearing about her
    allegations against Kavanaugh.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Judge Brett
Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during their high school
years in the 1980s, has moved out of her house and hired private
security detail because of death threats she has received since
coming forward.

A person familiar with the matter
told The New York Times
that Ford, a mother of two teenagers,
began receiving vulgar emails and messages on social media.

“From what I’ve heard you have 6 months to live, you disgusting
slime,” one of the messages allegedly read.

The Times’ source added that Ford has also received supportive
messages after giving her account of the alleged incident:
“Ninety percent of people think she’s a hero and are extremely
supportive of her, and 10 percent want her to die immediately,”
the person told the newspaper.

In July, Ford initially wrote about her allegation in a letter
that was eventually sent to Sen. Diane Feinstein of California,
the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. At the
time, Ford reportedly expected her story to remain confidential
and her identity anonymous. Ford decided to go public with her
account after it was leaked and inaccurate reports emerged.

“These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid,” Ford said to
The Washington Post. “Now I
feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and
terror about retaliation.”

The committee’s planned vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation on
Thursday was delayed after Democrats and a few key Republican
lawmakers expressed
hesitation
about moving forward. The committee
announced on Monday
it would hold a public hearing next week
for Kavanaugh and Ford.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and said he would testify to
“refute this false allegation” and “defend my integrity.”

Until late Tuesday, Ford and her attorney had not yet responded
to the committee’s hearing request. It soon emerged that the
attorney sent a letter to the Republican Senate Judiciary
chairman Chuck Grassley,
asking that the FBI investigate Ford’s accusations against
Kavanaugh
to “ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in
this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner.”

The letter revealed Tuesday evening confirmed The New York Times’
earlier reporting about threats Ford has received, saying Ford
has “been the target of vicious harassment and even death
threats.”

Ford’s attorney continued, according to CNN: “We would welcome
the opportunity to talk with you and Ranking Member Feinstein to
discuss reasonable steps as to how Dr. Ford can cooperate while
also taking care of her own health and security.”

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