Christine Blasey Ford Can't Return Home for 'Quite Some Time' Due to Continuous Death Threats: Lawyer

Christine Blasey Ford has not been able to move back home since she came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh due to the “unending” death threats she is receiving, according to her lawyer Debra Katz.

Ford and her family are getting a continuous stream of death threats, and it may be “quite some time” before they are able to return home, said Katz.

“I will say, this has been terrifying," Katz told NBC's Kasie Hunt during an interview alongside fellow Ford attorney Lisa Banks. “Her family has been through a lot. They are not living at home. It’s going to be quite some time before they are able to live at home. The threats have been unending. It's deplorable. It’s been very frightening.”

Katz added that Ford had also been receiving “extraordinary letters of support and encouragement” after coming forward to testify that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her at a high school house party in 1982.

In September, Katz and Banks sent an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee to say they had reported the death threats Ford had been receiving to the FBI.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ford’s lawyers described their outrage at how President Donald Trump mocked her in front of a crowd of supporters at a rally in Southhaven, Mississippi.

“I think she was as horrified as the rest of us were. It’s terrible, it’s disrespectful, it’s horrible,” Katz said.

“She was upset by it,” Banks added. “As any women would be who is the victim of sexual assault, who is mocked and belittled by anyone, never mind the president of the United States.”

GettyImages-1041671388 Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, on September 27. Ford's lawyers said she has not been able to return to her home due to constant death threats. Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images

Following scrutiny over her testimony and allegations, Ford’s lawyers said their client was “convinced” Kavanaugh was the one who pinned her down and held her mouth while he attempted to remove her clothes.

“She knew him, he knew her. She knows exactly who sexually assaulted her on that day,” Katz said. “She’s never wavered and never questioned her testimony on that point,” said Banks.

Kavanaugh denied all accusations against him.

Katz and Banks were asked about how Ford’s case compared to that Anita Hill, who came forward in 1991 to testify that then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually assaulted her.

Katz said, “With Anita Hill, there was a full FBI investigation before there was ever a hearing. That did not occur here; this process was far worse."

And Banks said, "We thought it was bad back in 1991, and it's even worse today—the political climate and how women are treated."

Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday following a 50-48 vote, the narrowest margin since 1881.

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