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Ford says Kavanaugh’s ‘uproarious laughter’ is her strongest memory

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Christine
Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27,
2018.

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  • Christine Blasey Ford said
    Thursday the strongest memory she has of the alleged sexual
    assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was when he
    and his friend allegedly laughed at her expense.
  • “I was underneath one of them, while the two laughed. Two
    friends having a really good time with one another,” she said.
  • Ford also said she was 100% certain that it was Kavanaugh who
    attacked her, and she had not mistaken him for a different man.
  • Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations.
  • Follow our live coverage of the
    hearing.

Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, told lawmakers during her Senate testimony on
Thursday
that the strongest memory from the attack was the
“uproarious laughter” from Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge.

Asked by Sen. Patrick Leahy to describe a detail she “cannot
forget,” Ford recalled how she felt she was the object of the
boys’ laughter.

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious
laughter between the two, and they’re having fun at my expense,”
she said. “I was underneath one of them, while the two laughed.
Two friends having a really good time with one another.”

Ford has alleged that
Kavanaugh and Judge pushed her into a room while they were at a
party in the early 1980s, and that Kavanaugh groped and attempted
to undress her as he held her down until Judge jumped on them and
Ford was able to escape.

Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations, while Judge
has issued a statement saying he has no memory of the incident.

During her testimony on Thursday, Ford also told the lawmakers
she’s 100% certain Kavanaugh was the one who attacked her.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Judiciary Committee, alluded to theories that were floated in
recent days suggesting that Ford had mistaken Kavanaugh for a
different man.

“You were very clear about the attack. Being pushed into the
room, you say you don’t know quite by whom, but that it was Brett
Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming,
and then you escaped,” Feinstein said to Ford on Thursday. “How
are you so sure that it was he?”

“The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now,”
Ford replied. “It’s just basic memory functions, and also just
the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that
sort of, as you know, that neurotransmitter encodes memories into
the hippocampus so the trauma-related experience then is kind of
locked there whereas other details kind of drift.”

When Feinstein asked whether it could be a case of mistaken
identity, Ford responded, “Absolutely not.”

Watch a clip of Ford’s remarks below:

 

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