An anonymous woman who had accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s publicly narrated her ordeal through the Washington Post on Sunday, Reuters reported.
The victim is a a 51-year-old research psychologist in California.
During the interview, she said when she was attending a high school in Maryland, a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothing.
She said that when she tried to scream, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” the victim disclosed during the interview, stating “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
She said that in July, she had sent a letter stating the event to Democratic Representative Anna Eshoo and had requested confidentiality.
Last week, however, Kavanaugh had “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations. The White House did not reply immediately for a comment on Sunday.
In response to the event, a spokesman for the panel’s Republican chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley, said, “It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, a senior Republican committee member, in a statement said, “If the committee is to hear from the victim, it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Judiciary Committee “must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated.”
“I support the victim’s decision to share her story and now that she has, it is in the hands of the FBI to conduct an investigation. This should happen before the Senate moves forward on this nominee,” said Senator Diane Feinstein, the top Judiciary Committee Democrat, in a statement.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has finished its hearings on Kavanaugh and is all set to plan to vote this week.