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Kavanaugh hearings: Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh have testified (Image: GETTY)

Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations made by Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault.

Speaking in front of the 21 members of the committee, Mr Kavanaugh, who is US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, said he has “never done this, to her or anyone”.

In his statement, Mr Kavanaugh also branded sexual assault “horrific” and revealed he has no hard feeling against his accuser.

He explained: “Little Liza, all of 10 years old, said: we should pray for that woman.

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Kavanaugh hearings: Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh have testified (Image: GETTY)

“That’s a lot of wisdom for a 10-year-old. We mean no ill will.”

But he claimed this allegations come from “anger” sparked from the unexpected election as president of Mr Trump.

He said: “apparent pent up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election have stoked democrats to accuse me”.

And he added this was a “revenge” carried out on “behalfe of the Clintons”.

However, Mr Kavanaugh refused to answer whether he would welcome an FBI investigation into sexual misconducts.

Today Dr Ford gave a dramatic testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, when she recalled what she says happened in 1982.

Dr Ford, whose voice sometimes cracked with emotion, revealed she was decided to appear in front of members of the Senate to carry out a “civil duty”.

Reading from her prepared testimony, Dr Ford: “I am here today not because I want to be.

“I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

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Brett Kavanaugh said he is innocent and has never sexually assaulted anyone (Image: GETTY)

Dr Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, recalled how the alleged assault unfolded.

She said a drunken Mr Kavanaugh attacked her and tried to remove her clothing at a gathering of teenagers in Maryland when he was 17 years old and she was 15.

Mr Kavanaugh’s behaviour made her think he was going to rape and perhaps accidentally kill her during the alleged assault, Dr Ford said.

She said: “Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes.

“He had a hard time because he was very inebriated and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothing.

“I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help.”

She added Mr Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were “drunkenly laughing during the attack.”

Mr Kavanaugh would have then put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.

She added: “This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life.

“It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me.”

The experience left Dr Ford emotionally scarred, as she told Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein under questioning.

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Brett Kavanaugh has denied the allegations (Image: AFP GETTY)

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Kavanaugh hearing: Protestors gather in the Hart Senate Office Building (Image: AFP GETTY)

Dr Ford revealed after the attack she started suffering from claustrophobia and anxiety and initially struggled when at college.

When asked if this “could not be a case of mistaken identity”, Dr Ford said “absolutely not.”

Her testimony could be crucial in determine whether Mr Kavanaugh’s appointment will be confirmed.

Any appointments to the Supreme Court is voted by the US Judiciary Committee and then confirmed by the Senate, controlled by Republicans by a narrow 51-49 margin.

This means that any rebellion against the US president by fellow members of his party could cost the nomination of Mr Kavanaugh.

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Christine Blasey Ford feared Brett Kavanaugh would kill her, she told the Senate (Image: GETTY)

The Judiciary Committee, which is composed by 21 US Senators, could vote on Mr Kavanaugh’s confirmation on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.

The hearing, which has intensified the political battle between those in favour and those opposing the nomination proposed by Trump, occurred against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.

Mr Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Dr Ford’s testimony was followed by a series of questions made by senators.

Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked: “With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?”

She replied: “One hundred percent.”

Demonstrators protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Demonstrators protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (Image: GETTY)

Dr Ford also shrugged off the claim made by supporters of Mr Kavanaugh, who argued the three women’s allegations were part of a smear campaign.

She told the committee: “I am an independent person and I am no pawn.”

The university professor was praised by US Senator Kamala Harris, who told her during the hearing: “Dr Ford I wanted to clarify you are not on trial you are here because you have the courage to come forward.

“I want to thank you because clearly you have nothing to gain from this. You are a true patriot.”

Mr Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge, “unequivocally and categorically” denied Dr Ford’s allegation, as well as “other false and uncorroborated accusations” by his other accusers.

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Dr Christine Blasey Ford was praised by US Senator Harris for her ‘courage’ (Image: GETTY)

During his prepared testimony, he said: “Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal.

“It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Mr Kavanaugh, who will not meet in court Dr Ford today as asked by the university professor, was initially picked up by Mr Trump in July.

If confirmed by the Senate, he will sit in the Supreme Court, the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States, for the rest of his life.

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