Hollywood stars took to Twitter Thursday to rally around Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as she testified at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The California psychology professor said during the hearing she is “100 percent” certain an inebriated Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982.
“I believed he was going to rape me,” Ford explained during her opening statement.
“It has impacted me greatly for the last 26 years, even though I was only 15 years old at the time,” she added, at times fighting back tears.
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Ford is one of three women to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee testified hours later, calling the process a “national disgrace.”
“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed,” Kavanaugh said as he choked up.
He also defiantly told the committee’s 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats he was “100 percent certain” he didn’t assault Ford.
Despite Kavanaugh’s denials, many Hollywood insiders sided with the college professor.
“Hero,” Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted, along with a photo of Ford.
Hero. https://t.co/vZje0mVzNg pic.twitter.com/DtshKQz7Nz
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 27, 2018
Westworld actor Jeffrey Wright live tweeted as he watched the proceedings. Among his comments, “If, across the board, Republicans excused behavior & personal background the way they did Kavanaugh’s today, prisons would be half empty.”
If, across the board, Republicans excused behavior & personal background the way they did Kavanaugh’s today, prisons would be half empty.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 27, 2018
Glory singer-songwriter John Legend added, “I believe Dr Ford. Thank you for your courage.”
I believe Dr Ford. Thank you for your courage
— John Legend (@johnlegend) September 27, 2018
#MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke said Ford’s testimony was difficult to watch.
“Listening to this women’s [sic] voice shake as she pushes through this moment…my heart,” Burke tweeted along with a broken heart emoji. She included the hashtags #WeBelieveDrFord and #WeBelieveSurvivors.
Listening to this women’s voice shake as she pushes through this moment…my heart. ?#WeBelieveDrFord #WeBelieveSurvivors #metooMVMT
— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) September 27, 2018
Animal Kingdom Actress Ellen Barkin shared a personal story about being physically abused.
“I have seen men cry like kavanaugh, the one who cried at my feet after smashing my face thru a glass coffee table, the one sobbing and screaming until i understood it was my fault for making him angry enough to attack me,” Barkin wrote. “Deny, attack, become the victim…cry if you are able.”
I have seen men cry like kavanaugh, the one who cried at my feet after smashing my face thru a glass coffee table, the one sobbing and screaming until i understood it was my fault for making him angry enough to attack me.
Deny, attack, become the victim…cry if you are able.
— Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) September 27, 2018
Two more women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He has denied all of the allegations.
Late Thursday, the American Bar Association urged the Judiciary committee and the full Senate to delay their votes until the FBI investigates the accusations against Kavanaugh.