A classmate who corroborated California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her back in high school retreated from her claims on Thursday because she “had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend” them.
“In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen],” Ford classmate Cristina King Miranda told NPR’s Nina Totenberg on Thursday.
“I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter.”
“That it happened or not, I have no idea,” Miranda said of the assault.
“I can’t say that it did or didn’t.”
Miranda, who now appears to have deleted her Twitter handle, tweeted Wednesday, according to NPR, “To all media, I will not be doing any more interviews. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have firsthand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine. That’s it. I don’t have more to say on the subject.”
The classmate also tweeted, according to NBC News, that she deleted the Facebook post “because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews … Organizing how I want to proceed. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading.”
Miranda initially wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, “I did not know [Ford] personally but I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However, Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”
Ford (shown above right) threw a wrench into the final days of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process when she publicly accused him this past Sunday of sexually assaulting her some 36 years ago at a party in Maryland, when they were both teens in high school.
Kavanaugh (above left) promptly denied Ford’s accusations “categorically and unequivocally.” He said he has “never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”
Ford expressed a wish to remain anonymous when she detailed her allegations to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July through her congresswoman, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.).
After Ford’s allegations became public in the 11th hour of Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary delayed its vote until after Kavanaugh and Ford had the chance to testify publicly.
Although Kavanaugh agreed to testify on September 24, Ford is now refusing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee — despite her lawyers’ previous insistence that Ford was ready to cooperate and willing to testify.
Miranda insisted she will not testify before the committee.
Ford now refuses to face an “interrogation” about her sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee until the FBI conducts a “full investigation,” her lawyers revealed Tuesday.
But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday he’d give Ford only until Friday to agree to testify.
Miranda told NPR that Senate Judiciary Committee staff reached out to her after reading her Facebook post.
She insisted that she will not testify before the committee.
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