UPDATE: Woman agrees to testify against US Supreme Court nominee
The woman who has accused United States (US) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify against him next week.
University Professor Christine Blasey Ford was given until 2:30p.m. today to indicate whether she would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee that is conducting Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
Earlier this afternoon, lawyers for Dr Ford revealed that she accepted the committee’s request to appear before its members and be questioned about the alleged 1982 attack.
Some reports say she will testify on Wednesday or Thursday.
Last week, Dr Ford came forward with details of an incident she claimed happened at a party while she and Kavanaugh were high school students.
Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations.
The allegations, which were first reported in the US media, have delayed his confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Dr Ford's attorney Debra Katz said, in a letter to the committee today, that her client had accepted the request, but wanted to "continue our negotiations" on the details.
Katz also criticised the confirmation process and said some of what senators have been proposing are "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations."