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More than 200 women, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, have signed a letter in support of Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford for “bravely stepping forward” to allege that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her while in high school.
The women are alumnae of Ford’s high school, private girls school Holton-Arms in Bethesda, Maryland, from the graduating classes between 1967 and 2018.
“We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story,” reads the letter, which was circulated on Monday. “It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.”
The letter goes on to say that Ford’s experience is “all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.”
Louis-Dreyfus shared the letter on her Twitter account.
I was class of ‘79 & signed this letter. https://t.co/5ssttu9uzT
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) September 17, 2018
Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, came forward as the anonymous woman at the center of a letter accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago on Sunday. In the letter, Ford had reportedly claimed that during an encounter at a party in the 1980s, Kavanaugh held her down and attempted to force himself on her.
Ford provided more details to The Washington Post when she explained why she decided to come forward. “Now I feel like my civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation,” she said.
Kavanaugh, who denied the allegations when they first came out anonymously, released a new statement calling the claim “completely false.” President Donald Trump’s high court nominee said he “had no idea who was making this accusation” until Ford identified herself on Sunday.
Also on Monday, Time’s Up called on the U.S. Senate to postpone any vote on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination “until a thorough and complete examination has been completed.”
Both Kavanaugh and Ford have said they are willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the accusations. They are both set to publicly testify before senators on Monday, Sept. 24.
In his first response to the news, the president said the nomination could be delayed while they go through a “full process” to “hear everybody out.” Trump said, “I would like to see a complete process. I would like everybody to be very happy.”
Read the Holton-Arms letter below.
Open Letter from Holton-Arms Alumnae in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate.
We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court.
Dr. Blasey Ford’s experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.
Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.” We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault and sexual violence. We hold deep gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.
Holton Alumae in Support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
A group of 200+ alumnae from the classes of 1967-2018
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