Alyssa Milano shows her support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at Brett Kavanaugh hearing

2018-09-28 12:40
 
Alyssa Milano talks to the media at the Senate Jud

Cape Town – Alyssa Milano showed her support for sexual assault accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she testified against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.

THE ORIGINAL STORY

US President Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court was thrust into turmoil on Sunday, 16 September when a woman came forward, accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

READ MORE: Woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward

In an interview with The Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party they attended in the early 1980s, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.

Ford - a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California – added that she was able to get away after a mutual friend jumped on top of them, causing the trio to tumble, AP reported.

ANOTHER ACCUSER COMES FORWARD

Following Ford’s revelation, another woman came forward claiming to have witnessed Kavanaugh’s “highly inappropriate conduct” during high school parties they attended.

READ MORE: New accuser says she witnessed sexual abuse by Kavanaugh

A statement released by Julie Swetnick’s lawyer on Wednesday, 26 September read: “I observed Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behaviour towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, 'grinding' against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls' clothing to expose private body parts.

“I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were designed to demean, humiliate and embarrass them.”

Swetnick further claimed to have been gang raped at said party, but did not accuse Kavanaugh of the assault.

TESTIMONY

On Thursday, both Ford and Kavanaugh appeared before a committee to share their testimonies pertaining to the accusations.

Alyssa, who has been a prominent activist of the #MeToo movement, attended the hearing and live tweeted from inside the court to show her support for Ford.

“#IfOnly I could save you. #IfOnly I could help you remove that weight from your tired shoulders and become the joy of an unburdened you. My prayer for all survivors of sexual assault. #MeToo,” the Charmed actor wrote alongside a video of herself reiterating a poem titled, A Survivor’s Prayer.

She later wrote, “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford,” alongside a photo in court.

According to Newsweek, Alyssa's phone was confiscated during the hearing, as videotaping and photography are prohibited.

SEE ALYSSA’S TWEETS FROM INSIDE HERE:

Following her attendance, Alyssa was criticised for the outfit she wore, USA Today reported.

Many people took to Twitter calling her black, pinstriped dress “disrespectful”. Others however came to her defense calling those putting emphasis on her outfit “part of the problem”.

SEE TWEETS HERE:

(Sources: AP, News24, USA Today, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Channel24)

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