"I think it derailed me substantially for four or five years", she told The Washington Post, saying she struggled academically and socially. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid", she said.
"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford told the Post about the alleged incident.
Ford is speaking publicly about her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time, according to a Washington Post investigation published Sunday afternoon. Kavanaugh was born in 1965, so he would have been a teenager at the time.
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The woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s broke her silence on Sunday.
The FBI confirmed it had received the letter but indicated it was not immediately pursuing the allegations. "There's really not much that can be done unless this person comes forward and you can see this and talk to the person who wrote that letter".
Before details of the allegation surfaced on Friday, Senate Republicans pointed out that an extensive background check was already completed by the White House and reviewed by the committee.
Questions swirled on Thursday when Feinstein declined to explain what information she was provided about Kavanaugh that she made a decision to share with authorities. She says Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, and groped her, and held his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.
President Donald Trump and his White House aides might decide to pull the nomination and send up a similarly conservative nominee from Trump's list of two dozen potential high court nominees that have been vetted by influential conservative groups. But since the Intercept revealed the allegation - which quickly snowballed into absurd theater in the days following - she said she felt she needed to come forward. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on his nomination this week, as top Republicans look to advance it to the Senate floor.
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Feinstein called a meeting on Wednesday at which she disclosed the contents of the letter to committee Democrats, but did not show the letter itself, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate Judiciary Committee "must postpone the vote until, at a very minimum, these serious and credible allegations are thoroughly investigated". Waters appeared on MSNBC's "AM Joy" with Joy Reid and said she was not sure what the value of a confidential letter is. "I never saw Brett act that way", Mr. Judge told the Weekly Standard.
Kavanaugh has denied the charges.
But rumors of a letter from a woman who was harassed by Kavanaugh started circulating on Capitol Hill in recent weeks. In defense, Kavanaugh and Judge have offered only a blanket denial.
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