VIDEO: Blasey Ford Says She Was “Inspired by Anita Hill” When Deciding Whether to Testify

During an acceptance speech for an empowerment award, Christine Blasey Ford revealed she was inspired by Anita Hill when deciding whether to testify.

Anita Hill famously accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

Like Kavanaugh, Thomas was confirmed regardless of the unproven allegations, and has stayed on the Supreme Court for the last 28 years.

ABC News reports Christine Blasey Ford made a rare public appearance Wednesday to accept an empowerment award and spoke about who empowered her to testify before Congress last year after accusing then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers.

“It’s funny, I was inspired by Anita Hill when I was deciding whether to testify, but it didn’t occur to me at the time that I would be inspiring anyone else,” Ford said of Hill, a law professor who testified at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings in 1991 after accusing him of sexual harassment.

Both Thomas and Kavanaugh denied the allegations made against them.

“I was focused on telling the U.S. Senate what had happened to me,” Ford said of the testimony she gave before the U.S. Senate in September 2018. “I simply thought that it was my duty as a citizen and that anyone in my position would do the same thing.”


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