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Christine Blasey Ford
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Blasey Ford claims Mark Judge aided in an alleged sexual assault
involving Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a high
school party in Maryland when they were
teenagers.

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  • Mark Judge has become a focal point of
    Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary
    Committee
    on an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme
    Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. 
  • Ford, now a professor in California, claims Judge was in the
    room when Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a high
    school party when they were teenagers. 
  • She claims Judge stood by and aided Kavanaugh in the
    process. 
  • There are growing calls for Judge to testify before the
    Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Mark Judge, the friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,
became a focal point of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before
the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, leading to growing
calls for him to testify before the body.

Ford, now a professor in California, claims Judge was in the room
when Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a high school
party when they were teenagers. She claims Kavanaugh stood by and
aided Kavanaugh in the process. 

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.”

In written testimony, Ford said that “both Brett and Mark
were drunkenly laughing during the attack.”

“They both seemed to be having a good time. … A couple of
times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to
help me, but he did not,” she said.

 

Ford said the only reason she was able to escape was because
Judge eventually jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh, which
toppled the group and gave her an opportunity to exit the
room. 

Kavanaugh and Judge have both fervently denied Ford’s
allegations. 

Senate Democrats want Judge to testify

Since the California professor came forward, there have
been ongoing calls from Democrats for Judge to testify alongside
Ford and Kavanaugh. Those calls increased Thursday.

“We believe Judge should be subpoenaed so the Committee can
hear from him directly,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the
committee’s ranking Democratic member.

Judge has refused to speak publicly on the matter, as well
as another allegation of sexual misconduct from a separate woman,
Julie Swetnick. He was spotted by a reporter earlier this week at
a friend’s house in Bethany Beach, Delaware. 

“Mark Judge should be subpoenaed from his Bethany Beach
hideaway,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said Thursday.

Judge became central to Ford’s testimony. Ford said she saw
Judge “six to eight weeks” after the alleged result and that he
looked “ill” upon seeing her. 

“Mark Judge looked like he was working there, arranging the
shopping carts,” she said. “I said hello to him and his face was
white and very uncomfortable saying hello back. We had previously
been friendly at the times we saw each other over the previous
two years.”

Judge wrote a memoir, “Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,”
about his struggles with alcoholism and partying days as a
student at Georgetown Prep. In the book, Judge wrote that he

worked as a “bag boy at a local supermarket”
in the summer of
1982 to raise money for football camp.

 

Ford has struggled to recall the exact time and location of
the alleged assault, which makes this revelation regarding her
encounter with him at a suburban supermarket potentially
significant. 

Ford said she would like Judge to be interviewed on the
allegations

Later in Thursday’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal
asked Ford if she would like Judge to “be interviewed in
connection with the background investigation and the serious,
credible allegations” she’s made. 

Ford, who has called for the FBI to investigate her claims,
said it would “be [my] preference. … I’m not sure it’s really
up to me.” 

Judge has not responded to repeated requests for comment from
Business Insider.

His attorney, Barbara Van Gelder, on Thursday told
Business Insider she’s not “commenting while the proceeding is
ongoing.” 

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