Key figures in the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh  is expected to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to address one of two allegations of sexual assault leveled against him.

His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, agreed to appear before the committee the same day to testify about the alleged assault, which she said took place during a high school party. A second person stepped forward to accuse Kavanaugh of an assault while in college.

Here’s a breakdown of the key figures in the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Christine Blasey Ford. The psychology researcher and professor at Palo Alto University in California said that during a party in 1982, while both were in high school, Kavanaugh held her down and forcibly tried to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh denied the accusation. Ford agreed to testify before the Senate on Thursday.

Deborah Ramirez. A former classmate of Kavanaugh’s when both attended Yale University alleged in an article published by The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party. Ramirez said the incident left her “embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” Kavanaugh denied the allegation.

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