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Deadline looms for woman who accused US Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

Published:Saturday | September 22, 2018 | 9:32 AM
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

The woman who has accused United States (US) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has been given until 2:30p.m. today to indicate whether she will testify against him at his confirmation hearing.

However, university Professor Christine Blasey Ford, through her attorney, has accused Republicans lawmakers of trying to "bully" her with "arbitrary" and "aggressive" deadlines.

Last week, Ford came forward with details of an incident she claimed happened at a party in 1982 while she and Kavanaugh were high school students.

Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.

Professor Ford has agreed to testify during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but laid out several conditions.

Among the conditions is a request that she be given until next Thursday to testify.

Yesterday, Republicans on the committee set a deadline of 2p.m. for the professor and her lawyers to agree to revised terms.

But Professor Ford’s attorney Debra Katz pushed back at the deadline.

"Its sole purpose is to bully Dr Ford and deprive her of the ability to make a considered decision that has life-altering implications for her and her family," Katz said yesterday before requesting another day to decide.

"She has already been forced out of her home and continues to be subjected to harassment, hate mail, and death threats," the attorney added.

After the deadline passed, Senator Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed that he had granted Ford "another extension" to allow her to decide if she wanted to proceed.

According to the New York Times, that extension expires at 2:30p.m. today and this has been communicated to Professor Ford.

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