The woman was wearing a bathing suit under her clothes. While his friend watched, the woman said, Mr. Kavanaugh pinned her down, grinding his body against hers and trying to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.
She said she was able to escape when Mr. Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She told The Post that she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.
In the interview, Ms. Ford said the lasting trauma from the attack had “derailed me substantially for four or five years,” and had caused anxiety for years after that.
Judge Kavanaugh, in his statement released last week, said: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Until now, Judge Kavanaugh has been widely viewed as on a glide path toward confirmation, and it is unclear whether Ms. Ford’s account will change that. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up the confirmation on Thursday.
Ms. Feinstein — who has been criticized for publicizing the existence of letter at the last minute, after Judge Kavanaugh had already undergone two days of intense questioning in his hearings — called on Sunday for the Senate to give the F.B.I. time to investigate, and said she supported Ms. Ford’s decision to share her story.
In a statement, she called the accusations “extremely serious” and said they “bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s character.” And she urged critics of his accuser to stop “the attacks and stop shaming her.”
“It has always been Mrs. Ford’s decision whether to come forward publicly. For any woman, sharing an experience involving sexual assault — particularly when it involves a politically connected man with influence, authority and power — is extraordinarily difficult,” the senator wrote.