The lawyer for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault while they were both teens in the 1980s said Monday her client is willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"We have heard from nobody, but have seen statements made on television, and nobody has asked her," Debra Katz, the attorney representing California research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford, 51, told CNN's "New Day," after telling show co-host Alisyn Camerota "yes" he asked if her client would be willing to testify.
Ford wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July to tell her that Kavanaugh had allegedly assaulted her during a party when they were both in high school, but she asked Feinstein to keep the letters confidential, said Katz.
It's "not fair" to ask why Feinstein waited to reveal the letter, as "victims need to control when and where stories become public," said Katz.
But staying confidential became impossible as the allegations were leaked and reporters started "showing up at Stanford, where she teaches, and leaving her notes, and emailing her and calling her."
Ford then decided to take control of her own story and talk to the Washington Post.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusation, and Katz said that leaves her client knowing "she told the truth" at "great personal risk."
"She's now going to have to live with the tremendous efforts by people to annihilate her and try to discredit her," said Katz, pointing out that Ford had told a therapist back in 2012 about the incident. Ford also has passed a polygraph test, she said.
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