Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when she was 17. He pinned her down on a bed. He tried to remove her clothes. He covered her mouth to keep others from hearing her. He tried to rape her, and he nearly succeeded in that effort. He should not be a Supreme Court justice. Here’s the letter she originally sent to Diane Feinstein. (CNN) Here she is speaking out for the first time. (WashPo)
Republican Senator Jeff Flake says that he is no longer comfortable voting on Brett Kavanaugh, at least until he’s heard more from Christine Blasey Ford, and his nomination cannot advance until Flake agrees. Lindsay Graham wants to hear from Ford, too, although he has no intentions of stopping the vote. Susan Collins hasn’t yet made a decision. The President, however, is not going to withdraw his nomination and is expected — naturally — to attack the character of Christine Blasey Ford. (Politico)
Christine Blasey Ford will be assailed by the right. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the last two years, it’s that the next four days will be completely predictable. Flake will fold at the last minute. Collins will make a show of support but vote for Kavanaugh anyway. I just wish that once — fucking once — that no had to defend a sexual assault victim. That serious and credible allegations — she took a polygraph, for God’s sake! — were believed, and the abuser owned up to it instead of letting his victim go through this emotional turmoil all over again.
What the fuck does she have to gain, Tonka?
Decades-old allegations against Kavanaugh come out just days before a vote….victim or opportunist?— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) September 16, 2018
Elsewhere, Matthew Perry has revealed that he has spent the last three months in a hospital recovering from surgery (he had a perforated intestine). (Uproxx)
Soon-Yi Previn has taken to Vulture to speak about her relationship with Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. A few of the brilliant women who write the thoughtful MeToo pieces here are processing and discussing this piece right now, and they may have some thoughts on it later. (Vulture)
Weird day in the NFL. Bills cornerback Vontae Davis just quit at halftime of today’s game. Like, he quit the NFL. For good.
And while I’m not watching the NFL anymore, it doesn’t mean I still can’t be happy when the Patriots lose, all the more so when it makes Jason from The Good Place happy.
The Pats can only hope to contain Blake Bortles. pic.twitter.com/tXoCuC3vx5— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 16, 2018
Speaking of the NFL, it’s pretty cool that the Carolina Panthers owner is speaking up on behalf of protesting players, but THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE A YEAR AGO. (NBC)
Just to illustrate how insane this election season is, a black Democrat in Mississippi actually has a shot at winning a Senate seat in November because he might end up in a run-off with a proud racist, but it also puts Democrats in the strange position of kind of sort of wanting the insanely racist Republican to end up in the runoff with the Democrat, because the Democrat might win that race, but if the Democrat doesn’t win that race, then Mississippi ends up with a virulently racist Senator who is out and proud (as opposed to whatever other Republican they vote for, whose racism is probably slightly better concealed). (The Root)
Model Karlie Kloss says that she’s decided to “be with the man I love despite the complications.” The man she is engaged to? Joshua Kushner (brother of Jared), who I actually understand is an OK dude despite his brother. (Celebitchy)
Lily Allen has a memoir coming out, and in it, she reveals that Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow attempted to stage an intervention for her. (Dlisted)
Jake G. has a small and inadvertent role in the James Baldwin estate’s decision to let Barry Jenkins’ adapt If Beale Street Could Talk (also, Jake apparently also convinced Jamie Lee Curtis to return to Halloween). (/Film)
And finally, here’s your first look at Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker in Todd Phillips movie.
(Rather than use a photo of accused sexual assaulter Brett Kavanaugh as the header, I’m subbing in either Connie Britton or Carla Gugino — big Planned Parenthood supporters — as his header replacement. The great thing about this photo is that I don’t have to pick who just yet, and there are a good dozen photos of them together, so maybe I won’t have to decide at all!)
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