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Who Are Kavanaugh's Accusers?

FILE - Brett Kavanaugh answers questions during a Fox News interview, Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.

Accuser No. 1

Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor in California, accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of forcing her onto a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a house party when they were high school students in 1982.

Kavanaugh's response

In written testimony released Wednesday, Kavanaugh said, "I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge."

Trump's response

On Twitter, President Donald Trump posted: "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

Accuser No. 2

Deborah Ramirez alleged in a report published Sunday by The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party and shoved his penis in her face, forcing her to touch it while pushing him away. Ramirez alleged the assault occurred during the 1983-84 school year at Yale University, where they both were students.

Kavanaugh's response

Kavanaugh said in a statement, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations."

FILE - A sign requesting privacy and stating she has no comment is posted outside the home of Deborah Ramirez in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 24, 2018.
FILE - A sign requesting privacy and stating she has no comment is posted outside the home of Deborah Ramirez in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 24, 2018.

Trump's response

After a speech Tuesday at the United Nations, Trump described the accusation as a "con game" engineered by Democrats to derail his Supreme Court choice. Trump also rejected Ramirez's allegation because "she was totally inebriated and all messed up."

Accuser No. 3

Julie Swetnick of Washington alleged in sworn testimony Wednesday that Kavanaugh was present at an early 1980s house party at which she was a gang rape victim. In the testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee by attorney Michael Avenatti, Swetnick said she "became aware" of efforts by Kavanaugh and others to taint punch at house parties with "drugs and/or grain alcohol" in order to "cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'no.' "

Kavanaugh's response

Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations, calling them "ridiculous and from The Twilight Zone."

Trump's response

In a tweet Wednesday, Trump referred to Swetnick attorney Avenatti as "a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations."