Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his family have received numerous nasty messages and threats since Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago, CNN reported.
The allegations, which have resulted in Ford and her family having to leave their home for security reasons, have also brought heightened risk to the Kavanaugh family.
A law enforcement source told CNN that there are several active, credible threats against Kavanaugh and his family, in addition to more threats that have been investigated since his nomination.
What are people saying?
Kavanaugh's wife, Ashley, has been the target of some particularly nasty messages from opponents of Kavanaugh's nomination or people who seem to believe Kavanaugh indeed sexually assaulted Ford in high school.
"Please tell your rapist, lying, cheating, corrupt b***h of a husband to put a bullet in his ugly f***ing skull," one email obtained by Fox News read. "My condolences to you for being married to a rapist. Although you probably deserve it."
Another email got a bit more to the point, with the writer saying "F*** YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND" according to CNN.
CNN reported that Kavanaugh and the family received many more harsh emails, some of which could not even be published or broadcast due to their explicit content.
"F*** YOU, RAPE ENABLING C***. YOUR HUSBAND IS A LIAR, THIEF, RAPIST AND PROBABLY A PEDOPHILE. BURN IN HELL YOU WORTHLESS F***ING C***," one of the worst obtained emails read. "MAY YOU, YOUR HUSBAND AND YOUR KIDS BURN IN HELL YOU F***ING PIECES OF TRASH. EAAAAATTTTT S**T!!!!!!!!!!"
Getting worse by the day
In the course of one week, the nomination process has spiraled into an ugly political battle that has endangered the wellbeing and security of both the accuser Ford and Kavanaugh, as well as their families.
As of now, the Senate Judiciary Committee still plans on holding a hearing Monday at which Kavanaugh said he is willing to testify and Ford has been invited to testify, although she has said through her lawyers she is unwilling to appear publicly so quickly.
Ford said she is willing to appear before the committee later in the week, although Republicans are attempting to avoid further delays of the confirmation vote.