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Christine
Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018.

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  • Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate
    Judiciary Committee alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett
    Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in the summer
    of 1982.
  • Ford has named three other people she says were at the
    high school party when she was assaulted, including one who she
    claims was in the room.
  • All three have denied recollection of such a party.
    Here’s what they’ve said.

  • Follow live updates from Ford
    and Kavanaugh’s testimony here.

Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary
Committee surrounding her allegations that Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a Maryland house party
in the summer of 1982, when he was 17 years old and she 15.

Aside from Kavanaugh himself, Ford has named three other people
she says were at the party during the alleged incident — one of
whom she claims was in the room and a witness to the assault.

All three have denied any recollection of being at such a party
or knowing of an any alleged assault by Kavanaugh, but none have
been called to testify in the confirmation hearings.

During Kavanaugh’s opening statement to the committee, he
emphasized their denials, made to the Judiciary Committee under
penalty of perjury, as proof of his innocence.

“There were four boys I remember being there: Brett Kavanaugh,
Mark Judge, P.J. Smyth, and one other boy whose name I cannot
recall,” Ford said in her prepared remarks. “I remember my friend
Leland Ingham attending.”

Here are the people Ford says were at the party, and what we know
about them:

Brett Kavanaugh


brett kavanaugh
Supreme
court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27, 2018.

Associated Press/Saul Loeb

In her testimony before the Judiciary Committee and in multiple
letters Ford and her attorneys have sent to members of Congress
and the committee, Ford accuses Kavanaugh of attacking her.

She specifically described walking up the stairs to go to the
bathroom, only for Kavanaugh and Judge to push into a bedroom and
lock the door behind her. She accuses Kavanaugh of pushing her
onto the bed and attempting to remove her bathing suit and rape
her while putting his hand over his mouth to stop her from crying
out for help.

Ford says she was able to escape when Judge jumped on top of
them, toppling them over and allowing her to escape and leave the
situation.

In the decades since, she recalls only telling her therapist, her
husband, and a number of close friends that she had experienced a
sexual assault in high school, sometimes saying her attacker was
a prominent judge and lawyer, but never identifying him by name
until this June, when he was rumored to be nominated to the
Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh himself has vehemently denied Ford’s allegations. “I
had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not
ever,” he told Fox News’ Martha MacCullum
on Monday
. “I’ve always treated women with dignity and
respect.”

He echoed those words in a defiant, emotional opening
statement
on Thursday, slamming the confirmation process as
“a national disgrace”.

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently
destroyed by vicious and false accusations,” he said. “I know
that any kind of investigation … will clear me.”

Kavanaugh also denied being at such a party.

Mark Judge

Ford remembers Mark Judge, a close high
school friend of Kavanaugh’s, being in the room during the
alleged assault. She specifically recalls him as blasting music
and laughing with Kavanaugh during the alleged attack.

“A couple times I made eye contact with Mark [Judge], thinking he
would help me, but he did not,” Ford recounted during
questioning.

Ford also recalled encountering Judge
several weeks after the alleged attack
at the Potomac Village
Safeway. “I said hello to him and his face was white and very
uncomfortable saying hello back,” she recalled in the hearing.
“He was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me. He
looked a little bit ill.”

In a statement sent from his lawyers
to the Judiciary Committee
, Judge denied that the alleged
incident occurred and has not responded to calls from Democrats
compelling him to testify under oath. They say that without
Judge’s testimony, the case would remain a “he-said, she-said”
matter.

“I have no memory of the alleged incident,” he wrote. “Brett and
I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party
described in Dr. Ford’s letter.”

He continued: “I have no more information to offer the Committee
and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents
described in Dr. Ford’s letter.”

Kavanaugh and Judge both went to Georgetown Prep, an elite,
all-boys high school in the Washington, DC, area. Kavanaugh said
during the hearing the two were friends since ninth grade, and
described Judge as a “popular”, “funny guy” with a “serious
addiction problem.”

Years after high school, Judge wrote a memoir, “Wasted: Tales of
a Gen X Drunk.” It chronicled his struggles with alcoholism while
a teenager, painting his days at Georgetown Prep as filled with
parties and black-out drunk nights.

Judge changed names in the book to protect people’s privacy, but
he at one point referenced a friend named “Bart O’Kavanaugh.” The
character was described as someone who got so drunk he “puked in
someone’s car the other night.”

Judge, an author, filmmaker, and journalist, has also floated
some controversial ideas and opinions in his writings.

In 1983, for example, one of Judge’s high school yearbook quotes
read: “Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.”

Patrick James ‘PJ’ Smyth

Ford has named Smyth, one of
Kavanaugh’s classmates in the Georgetown Prep class of 1983, as
one of the people present at the alleged gathering. During her
testimony, she made it clear he was not a bystander to the
alleged attack itself, just an alleged attendant at the party.

Smyth denied having attended such a party or knowing of any
alleged assault by Kavanaugh.

“I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all
involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor
do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct
she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh,” Smyth wrote in a statement sent to the
Senate Judiciary Committee by his lawyers.

Smyth had also signed his name onto a letter stating that
Kavanaugh “is singularly qualified to be an Associate Justice on
the US Supreme Court” along with several other Georgetown Prep
alums.

During the hearing, Kavanaugh said he and Smyth were neighbors
who carpooled together and played on the football team.

Leland Ingham Keyser

Ford recalled that her friend, Leland Keyser (maiden name
Ingham), was downstairs at the party during the alleged incident,
but that she did not discuss it with Keyser after it happened.

Keyser, a long-time friend of Ford’s, denied having attended such
a party like the one Ford described after being contacted by
staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has
no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he
was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” her attorney Howard Walsh wrote in
a statement
sent to the committee.

“Leland has significant health challenges, and let me know that
she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she
texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes,” Ford
said during the hearing.

She added: “Leland would not remember this unremarkable party. It
was not one of their more notorious parties, because nothing
remarkable happened to them that evening.”

Kavanaugh said during the hearing that he knew of Keyser, and
that that they crossed paths in high school.

Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the Ford-Kavanaugh
hearing:

John Haltiwanger contributed reporting.

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