A former schoolmate of the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her roughly 36 years ago says she has 'no idea' whether or not the scandalous moment ever happened, days after insisting that it did.
Cristina King Miranda wrote this week in a since-deleted Facebook post that what Christine Blasey Ford remembers 'DID happen.' But she told NPR on Thursday: 'That it happened or not, I have no idea. I can’t say that it did or didn’t.'
Miranda's seeming corroboration added momentum on Thursday to Democrats' case against confirming Judge Kavanaugh to a lifetime appointment on America's highest court.
Ford, now 51, claims a 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a party when she was 15, covered her mouth, groped her and tried to remove her clothing.
She also says Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge cranked up music in the locked room so her cries of protest couldn't be heard.
Both men have denied being in any such situation.
NPR reported that Miranda said she believes Ford. But her quoted about-face could tilt the scales of public opinion back in Kavanaugh's favor.
Cristina King Miranda, a 1980s schoolmate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford, on Thursday walked back her confident earlier corroboration of Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers
Kavanaugh, pictured leaving his Maryland home on Thursday morning, is President Donald Trump's nominee for a Supreme Court seat vacated by the now-retired Justice Anthony Kennedy
Ford (left) has accused Brett Kavanaugh of pinning her down to a bed during a party more than 35 years ago, covering her mouth, and groping her over a one-piece bathing suit while he tried to disrobe her. Kavanaugh flatly denies that it ever happened
Writing of her mini-essay on Facebook, she said Thursday: 'In my post I was, you know, empowered. And I was sure it probably did [happen].'
She said that days ago, 'I had no idea that I would have to now, you know, go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels, and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter.'
Miranda had written on Facebook that she didn't know Ford personally when they were teens at the same private high school, 'but I remember her. This incident did happen.'
'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.'
'The incident was spoken about for days afterwards in school,' she wrote. 'Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize.'
Some details about Ford's claims remain inexact, including what time of year it happened. Her lawyer Lisa Banks told NPR this week that it was 'in the early summer' before her junior year in high school.
Banks said that 'as with many victims of sexual assault, some parts of a story, particularly the timing, might become