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Brett Kavanaugh 'sexual assault victim' speaks

In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018 Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearingImage copyright
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Brett Kavanaugh denies the allegations

The woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has identified herself, the Washington Post reports.

Christine Blasey Ford alleges he pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothing when they were both teenagers.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week.

Mrs Ford told the Post she decided to go public as her privacy was “being chipped away”.

Top Democrat Diane Feinstein has called for his nomination to be put on hold.

When did the alleged assault take place?

Christine Ford told the Post she believed the incident happened in 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17.

Mr Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and she was studying at a nearby high school.

At a gathering of teenagers at a house, she alleges according to the Post that he pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.

He put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream, it is alleged, but she managed to break free when a friend of Mr Kavanaugh jumped on top of them both.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she told the Post. Mr Kavanaugh and his friend were both drunk, she says.

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