Senator Elizabeth Warrem (D-Mass.) has been a vocal critic of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over the sexual harassment allegations made against him, but she has her own past with contradictory accusations.
"Please don’t do this”
As reported in the Boston Globe, Warren had given conflicting accounts of an alleged incident involving sexual harassment during her time as a professor.
Warren gave a harrowing account of the sexual harassment on MSNBC, but had painted the incident in a much more light-hearted manner previous to her becoming a senator.
"I was a baby law professor and so excited to have my first real teaching job," she said on MSNBC. "And there was this senior faculty member who, you know, would tell dirty jokes and make comments about my appearance."
"And one day he asked me if I would stop by his office," she continued, "which I didn’t think much about. And I did. And he slammed the door and lunged for me. It was like a bad cartoon. He’s chasing me around the desk, trying to get his hands on me."
"And I kept saying, 'You don’t want to do this. You don’t want to do this. I have little children at home. Please don’t do this.' And trying to talk calmly," she added. "And at the same time, what was flickering through my brain is, 'If he gets hold of me, I’m going to punch him right in the face.'”
The Boston Globe details that Warren gave a much different "light-hearted" account of the alleged incident.
During the service after his death in 1997, Warren spoke fondly of law professor Eugene Smith and told the gathered mourners she was laughing as Smith chased her around his desk, according to a colleague’s memoir. The writer of the memoir, however, now says he might have treated the incident too lightly.
The Globe also pointed out that she did not say in the MSNBC clip that Smith was suffering from polio, which would affect his ability to chase her.
"He didn’t have power over me anymore"
When confronted with the contradictory statements, Warren waved it off dismissively.
“It was 20 years later, and he didn’t have power over me anymore,” she explained. She would not say if she had said that she was laughing as he chased her when she told the story at his funeral. “I made it clear that I was just fine," she said.
Kavanaugh is being accused by various women of sexual harassment with various degrees of corroboration, some with very little. He has denied all accusations.
Warren criticized him and demanded that the president rescind his nomination.
The events described by Julie Swetnick, Ms. Ramirez & Dr. Ford are absolutely heart-wrenching. The idea that the Se… https://t.co/1OI4LGdZ5t— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1537989096.0
"The idea that the Senate would continue this confirmation process without an FBI investigation is even more revolting," she tweeted. "[President Donald Trump] must withdraw Brett Kavanaugh's nomination."
Here's the video of Warren giving the #MeToo account of the harassment: