Two more people came forward yesterday in the still unfolding drama surrounding the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Judge Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were both high school students. Cristina Miranda King says that she heard of the incident from others while in high school. In the meantime,Patrick J. Smyth, a Georgetown Prep alum who graduated in Kavanaugh’s class, contacted the Committee and categorically denied the allegations of Ford (who identified him as the third person (other than Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge) as present during the assault.
Smyth said that he was the person identified by Ford as “PJ” as one of around five people at the Maryland home in 1982. Two others, Kavanaugh and Judge, has also categorically denied that the assault ever occurred.
“I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,. I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Of course, Smyth could be viewed as a biased witness for being present at the time of the assault.
On Ford’s side,Cristina Miranda King, a performing arts curator in Mexico City, has come forward to say that she was a classmate of Ford’s and heard about the incident third-hard. She stated on Facebook “Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me. I did not know her personally but I remember her. This incident did happen.” She also stated “Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”
That account seems of marginal use — the memory of a third-party account of “buzz about it indirectly with few specific details.” Indeed, King refers to “Christine’s vivid recollection” was the basis (not her own) for saying there is “more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.” That value as a witness was further reduced with later postings by King.
Notably, King says that she heard the story during the school year but Ford said that it occurred during the summer and that she did not speak of it until 2012.
Miranda later told NPR: “That it happened or not, I have no idea. I can’t say that it did or didn’t.” She later took down her Facebook post”because it served its purpose and I am now dealing with a slew of requests for interviews … Organizing how I want to proceed. Was not ready for that, not sure I am interested in pursuing. Thanks for reading.”
She later posted the following statement:
“To all media, I will not be doing anymore interviews. No more circus for me. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine. That’s it. I don’t have more to say on the subject. Please don’t contact me further.”
The best possible witness would be a friend who was confided in by Ford at the time or another witness at the party who saw her after the attack. We have not heard of any other people beyond these three recollected by Ford as being at the party.
Thus far, this remains a large “he said, she said” controversy (though Kavanaugh has the denials of the two individuals expressly referenced in the letter).