She told senators that the experience “dramatically altered my life for a long time,” and during her college years she struggled academically because of it. And it has affected her in sometimes unusual ways. When she and her husband were remodeling their home, she told senators, she insisted on having a second front door — an obvious reference to how she escaped the home where she said the assault occurred, by running down the stairs and out the front door.
The portrait of the young Judge Kavanaugh painted by Dr. Blasey and Democrats is a far cry from the image the judge projected at his previous confirmation hearings, where he portrayed himself as a churchgoing father of two daughters and a beloved basketball coach for their teams.
Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the committee, noted that Judge Kavanaugh has previously made statements that he never “drank so much he couldn’t remember what happened.” That statement, the senator said, is at odds with one given by Judge Kavanaugh’s freshman roommate at Yale, who has said that the young Judge Kavanaugh was “frequently, incoherently drunk,” and that when he was, he became “aggressive and belligerent.”
Speaking calmly, Dr. Blasey used her opening statement to recount how she met Judge Kavanaugh, when their social circles at their elite private schools intersected during her freshman or sophomore year, when she was 14 or 15. She said she had been friendly with a classmate of Judge Kavanaugh, who introduced them. “This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who sexually assaulted me,” she said.
One evening in the summer of 1982, after a day of diving at the Columbia Country Club, she attended what she said was “almost surely a spur of the moment” gathering at a nearby home, she told senators. She said it was clear that Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, had been drinking, and that she had just had one beer. When she went up the narrow staircase to use the restroom, she said, she was pushed from behind into a bedroom.
“Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them,” she said. “There was music playing in the bedroom. It was turned up louder by either Brett or Mark once we were in the room. I was pushed on the bed and Brett got on top of me and he began running his hands over my body and grinding into me. I yelled, hoping that someone downstairs might hear me and I tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy.”
She said Judge Kavanaugh had a hard time removing her clothes because she was wearing A one-piece bathing suit underneath. Eventually, after Mr. Judge jumped on top of them and they tumbled off the bed, she was able to escape, she said.