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Bethesda native and U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh is facing newly-surfaced allegations that could put his nomination at risk.

Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), confirmed she received a letter from a woman alleging that Kavanaugh attempted to sexual assault her while they were both in high school. Since then, Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who made that allegation, came out publicly in an interview with the Washington Post.

While Ford was a student at Holton-Arms, a college-preparatory school for girls in Bethesda, she alleged that Kavanaugh, then a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, took her into a bedroom during a house party, pinned her to a bed, groped and tried to pull off her clothing which was a one-piece bathing suit. Ford said that Kavanaugh, then 17, put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream.

Ford said Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, watched the whole scene unfold and jumped on top of both of them, sending them tumbling, allowing Ford to run free. Ford claims that both Kavanaugh and Judge were drunk at the time.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations saying he is willing to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee, denying the incident ever happened.

“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.”

Because of the allegations, senators in both parties have called for delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, so that law enforcement officials can investigate Ford’s claims.

Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, said her client is willing to testify before Congress about the allegation.

President Donald J. Trump criticized Democrats for not bringing up the allegation sooner, but said the Senate should go through a process in order to examine the claims even if that means delaying a confirmation vote.

“Oh, I think he’s on track, yeah, I mean, I think he’s very much on track,” Trump said.

After Ford’s allegations surfaces, a letter signed by Holton-Arms alumnae in support of Ford, saying allegations of sexual assault against teenage girls are all too common.

“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,” according to the letter.

After the allegation, people have begun to dig into Kavanaugh’s teenage years at Georgetown Prep. Judge, who Ford said witnessed the alleged incident, wrote in a book about his life titled “Wasted: Tales of a Gen-X Drunk,” where he described his experiences drinking as a teenage alcoholic, including at times with a friend he referred to as “Bart O’Kavanaugh.”

Both Judge and Kavanaugh wrote in their Georgetown Prep yearbook page that they were members of the “Keg City Club” where Kavanaugh specifically mentioned that he was the treasurer of it.

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