Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday vehemently denied Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that he sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982, when both were teenagers.

“I have never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever,” Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I have never done this to her or to anyone.”

Hours earlier, Ford told the panel she was “100 percent” certain that an inebriated Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, locked her in a bedroom and that Kavanaugh forced himself on top of her, groped her and covered her mouth when she screamed for help.

Kavanaugh, who is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, told senators he attended no such party. He accused Democrats of mounting a calculated attack for political gain and engaging in grotesque character assassination.

The judge vowed he would not be intimidated into withdrawing.

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