While testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Christine Blasey Ford said the reason she first brought up a sexual assault allegedly perpetrated by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was over a dispute with her husband regarding a second front door.
“I had never told the details to anyone until May 2012, during a couple’s counseling session,” Ford said. “The reason this came up in counseling is that my husband and I had completed a very extensive, very long remodel of our home and I insisted on a second front door, an idea that he and others disagreed with and could not understand. In explaining why I wanted a second front door, I began to describe the assault in detail.”
She then told Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that she suffered from “anxiety, phobia and PTSD-like symptoms” as a result of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault 36 years earlier, during which Ford claims the nominee groped her on a bed, tried to remove her clothes, and put his hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming. She also said she suffered from claustrophobia.
Ford also claimed that the house, due to its second door, is “now a place to host Google interns. Because we live near Google, so we get to have — other students can live there.”
These claims caught the attention of reporter Thomas Lipscomb, who wrote an article for RealClearPolitics* questioning Ford’s second-door story.
He asked why the Ford’s needed couples counseling over a remodel job that received a building permit in 2008 — four years before the counseling session where she brought up the alleged sexual assault. Lipscomb also took note of her mention of Google interns.
“Now that she mentions it, the additional remodeling in effect added a self-contained unit to the house, with its own entrance, perfect for ‘hosting’ or even possibly renting, in violation of the local zoning,” Lipscomb wrote. “Perhaps a professional office might be a perfect use, if an illegal one. And in the tight Palo Alto real estate market, there are a lot of games played for some serious income.”
Perhaps Ford wanted the second door so that Google interns weren’t coming in her home on the way to their living space, because she’s afraid of young men ever since her alleged sexual assault. Lipscomb notes that nothing he wrote about the second front door indicates that Kavanaugh didn’t attack her, but feels her explanation for it could use some more details.
*My former employer.