On Thursday morning, Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in 1982, when they were in high school.
During the hearing, Ford detailed the alleged incident, telling senators, “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This is what terrified me the most and had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me."
Ford noted that she was “100%” certain Kavanaugh assaulted her.
The day before, Kavanaugh denied the allegations in an opening statement, telling the Judiciary Committee, “I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge.”
After hearing her testimony, many celebrities, including Kathy Griffin, Emmy Rossum, and Chelsea Handler, took to social media to share their thoughts. Rossum tweeted, “As a survivor of sexual assault, it’s empowering to watch Dr. Ford stand there strong & vulnerable & speak her truth to the entire world. No matter how this goes, we are disrupting a toxic system and this is just the beginning for women, minorities and 🏳️🌈. Together.”
See more tweets below.
That’s quite a takeaway you dumb buffooon. You have daughters. Why don’t you act like it. https://t.co/moTwkrfUMm— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 27, 2018
However traumatic this must be for Christine Blasey Ford, she is testifying for the integrity of the Supreme Court and for the United States of America— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) September 27, 2018
Rachel Mitchell said she's not going to ask about the actual assault out of sensitivity to Dr. Ford...that's bullshit. She doesn't want to ask about the actual assault cause they know Dr. Ford is credible. Instead she's asking about fear of flying.— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 27, 2018
Chuck Grassley has a side bet with another 100 year old white dude about the outcome of these hearings. For $1 dollar.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 27, 2018
The inhumanity of it all. https://t.co/634c0eoH6U— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 27, 2018
I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. pic.twitter.com/vkJ1NYU6pt— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 27, 2018