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Julia Louis-Dreyfus among former students at Maryland school to sign letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser

Julia Louis-Dreyfus among former students at Maryland school to sign letter supporting Kavanaugh accuser
Hundreds of women signed a public letter in support of Christine Blasey Ford. (Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for Time)

To counter a letter signed by 65 women who said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh never tried to assault them in high school, more than 200 former classmates of his accuser — including “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus — joined forces to support her.

“We are alumnae of Holton-Arms School, and we are writing in support of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a fellow Holton graduate. We believe Dr. Blasey Ford and are grateful that she came forward to tell her story. It demands a thorough and independent investigation before the Senate can reasonably vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court,” the public letter, signed by female graduates of the Bethesda, school Holton-Arms between 1967 and 2018, reads.

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“Dr. Blasey Ford's experience is all too consistent with stories we heard and lived while attending Holton. Many of us are survivors ourselves.

“Holton’s motto teaches students to “find a way or make one.” We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault and sexual violence. We hold deep gratitude to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.”

On Sunday, Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University in Northern California, gave her first public account of the alleged drunken attack at a house party in the summer of 1982.

Ford, who was 15 at the time, told the Washington Post that at one point in the night, she got up to use the bathroom. From there, she claims she was pushed into a bedroom and on top of a bed, where she said Kavanaugh, then 17, attacked her. He groped her and tried to pull off her clothes and a one-piece bathing suit — all while holding his hand over her mouth so she couldn’t scream.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Ford, now 51, said she was able to escape after Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, tried to jump on them.

Kavanaugh has denied her accusations.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” he said in a statement distributed by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

The letter from the Holton-Arms alumnae stands opposite a similar one circulated by the Senate Judiciary Committee before Ford came forward. The letter,signed by 65 women who say they knew Kavanaugh in high school. insists that the judge “has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”

“Brett attended Georgetown Prep, an all-boys high school in Rockville, Maryland. He was an outstanding student and athlete with a wide circle of friends. Almost all of us attended all girls high schools in the area. We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities,” the letter reads.

“Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years. Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”

Several of the women continued their defense after Ford revealed her identity, but dozens of the signees did not return requests for comment from Politico.

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