Famed attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said during Friday’s “Fox & Friends” that there’s “no evidence whatsoever” to support Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the ’80s while the two were high school students.
Ford, now 51, accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in letters to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July, shortly after Trump chose Kavanaugh as the nominee for Supreme Court justice. Feinstein — the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee — eventually turned Ford’s letter over to the FBI.
What did Dershowitz say?
During Friday’s “Fox & Friends,” Dershowitz said that despite Ford’s vociferous accusations, there doesn’t appear to be any evidence beneath them.
Dershowitz also added that he’s disturbed by the automatic belief in Ford’s allegations by some people on television.
“There’s no evidence whatsoever, even under her story, of attempted rape,” he explained. “Attempted rape under Maryland law requires a specific intent to, I have to use this word — penetrate. There has to be that specific intent.”
“Here, the allegation is groping, touching, fondling. Maybe trying to remove clothing,” he added.
“He has an opportunity obviously to deny that,” Dershowitz said. “He has categorically denied it. The most disturbing thing is these people who are on television. Some people I know and respect, ‘I believe her!’ You’ve never met her! You don’t know anything about her!”
Dershowitz went on to question whether women should automatically be believed simply because they’re women.
“Are women born with a special gene for telling the truth and men with a special gene for lying?” he asked. “I don’t believe her. I don’t believe him. I have an open mind. I want to hear both sides of the story and make a determination.”
“That’s what the American system of justice is all about,” the famed law professor added.
Here’s more background on the allegations
Ford said she attended a house party with Kavanaugh and other teens at a Maryland home in 1982. Ford said that Kavanaugh pushed her into a bedroom along with another male companion. She alleged that Kavanaugh locked the door, put on loud music to muffle the sound, and attempted to remove her clothing.
She said that Kavanaugh and his male friend, who were reportedly drunk, laughed about the incident. At one point, Ford said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to keep her from making noises. She later revealed that she thought he might inadvertently kill her during the alleged incident.
Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford’s allegations. “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” he said.
Ford’s attorneys have opened negotiations with the Senate Judiciary Committee on a possible appearance next week in front of the committee. Kavanaugh has said he wants to testify again in front of the committee.
“I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday,” Kavanaugh said on Monday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed a vote on Kavanaugh.
You can read the latest on Ford’s appearance here.