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Watch: Ellen DeGeneres Talks About Childhood Sexual Abuse, Says She's "Angry" at Trump and More

Ellen DeGeneres is furious that people aren’t believing survivors of sexual abuse, and on Friday she emotionally opened up about her own past abuse, sitting down with Today’s Savannah Guthrie.

While discussing Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, DeGeneres said that she herself was raped at 15, and had the following to say:

"I was 15 years old. I’m not even going to go into the details. It doesn't matter. You know, we are really vulnerable at that age and we trust and then when you are violated, you don't know what to do and you don't want to say anything because, first of all, you just are wondering how did this happen, how was I this stupid? I mean, all these things that you think you could have controlled and you can’t. I think anybody who has gone through it, right now, is watching this so angry because you know, 'How dare you not believe us?’”

“As a victim of sexual abuse,” she said, “I am furious at people who don't believe it and who say, 'How do you not remember exactly what day it was?,'" 

"You don't remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel."

DeGeneres almost never talks politics on her soft daytime show. Clearly, the current climate is enough to stir her-- a bit.

"I don’t like to talk about [Trump],” she told Guthrie. “This is not political. It really isn’t – it’s got nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or anything. It’s just about respect and someone who is the leader of our country, who is mocking someone who was abused.”

“You don’t do that. You don’t mock somebody. I’m angry.”

She also lamented Kavanaugh’s dreadful, hot-headed and childish behavior during his testimony: "Imagine if Dr. Ford would've been that angry on the stand and would've talked back to somebody questioning her.”

“Women aren't supposed to do that, but he can get away with it because he was angry. She was angry too but she controlled herself and was hurt, but she’s not allowed to do that because we’re are not allowed to do that.”

DeGeneres ended the heavy interview on a strong and positive note, saying she is "hopeful," and that survivors "just have to not be quiet anymore." Watch DeGeneres' powerful words below.

Ellen is now in its 16th season on NBC.

h/t: CNN

New Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward With Allegations Of 'Gang Rape'

Major news outlets, including USA Today, are reporting on the deposition of Julie Swetnick, who has come forward accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of being involved in 'gang rapes' during the 1980s.

She alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge 'spike' the punch at parties with alcohol and drugs to help drug girls and lower their inhibitions.

In her sworn affidavit, Swetnick said these efforts by Kavanaugh and Judge were done so the girls “could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.”

“I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,” Swetnick said.

She not only saw the behavior at house parties during that time, but became a victim of one of those 'gang rapes.' She alleges Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were involved.

According to her signed affidavit, she has witnesses to support her allegations.

Swetnick is the client Michael Avenatti (who is also representing Trump accuser Stormy Daniels) has been referring to in his tweets of late.

 

 

Swetnick is no slacker. She's held security clearances with the federal government in the Justice Department, State Department, Homeland Security and more.

She is the third woman to come forward with allegations of sexual assault/misconduct regarding Brett Kavanaugh following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.

According to CNN's Jim Acosta, Kavanaugh issued a statement regarding the new allegations: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

See the sworn affidavit below.

(h/t USAToday)

Anonymous Woman Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Of Sexual Assault

Brett Kavanaugh got a shock when a skeleton from his closet popped out.

Despite his unwillingness to answer questions concerning LGBTQ rights and issues, the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh was going well. It looked like the United States Circuit Judge would be getting an easy ride into the Supreme Court building.

But now, sexual misconduct allegations may get in the way of that.

Democratic politicians from the Senate judiciary committee have called in the FBI over sexual misconduct allegations from when Kavanaugh was in high school. A female classmate from Kavanaugh’s time at the Georgetown Preparatory School accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

On top of the FBI being called, the accuser has gotten in contact with sexual assault attorney Deborah Katz, says Law & Crime. In addition, there is no statute of limiations for sexual felonies.

Of course, Kavanaugh has outright denied the allegations and has released the following statement:

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."

Many Republicans state that this is a desperate attempt to stall Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote.

This includes White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec who said to the New York Daily News:

“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Senator Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session,” Kupec said in a statement. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”

Meanwhile, HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher said liberals’ attempt makes the U.S. look bad.

“Now they’re coming at him with this accusation from someone anonymous who said that he was at a party … but sexual assault in high school from an anonymous source, I think it makes us look bad,” Maher said.

As for Senator John Kennedy, he says the fact that democratic politicians brought out this info so late shows how even they think it’s incirumstancial.

"They’ve had this stuff for three months, if they were serious about it they should have told us about it,” Kennedy said according to Politico.

But despite what many see as a last ditch attempt to stall off Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote, the vote is still planned to roll this coming Thursday.

Will the vote become a straight party line shoot out? We’ll see soon.


Update (08/16/2018):

The formerly anonymous accuser has come forward to reveal her identity.

The accuser is Palo Alto University's psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford.

In a Washington Post article, Ford described the alleged incident. She says she was at a party with no parental supervision. She admits that she doesn't remember which house it was in, how she got to the party, and who threw it. She does remember, however, that the house where the party was located was in Montgomery County.

Ford says she was heading to an upstairs bathroom when she was pushed into a bedroom. There, she was confronted by a drunk Kavanaugh and one other teenage boy. She says Kavanaugh then pinned her to the bed and tried to force her clothing off.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me," said Ford, who works as a research psychologist in California. "He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing."

Ford claims that she eventaully freed herself and sought safety in a nearby bathroom before slipping out of the house.

After Ford came forward with her identity, Kavanaugh denied the accusations for a second time.

Also in response, several Republicans have shared doubts at the credibility of Ford's story and have called out Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein allegedly had the accusation letter from Ford since July, but only now chose to bring it up.

"It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

"If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier," he continued. "Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions."

There is still no word on whether Ford's allegations will lead to the Senate postponing Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

Brett Kavanaugh Won't Answer Questions About Gay Rights At His Confirmation Hearing

The hearing for U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh is underway, and it’s already looking back for LGBTQ people.

According to Towleroad, Kavanaugh made a point to not discuss his opinions on LGBTQ issues.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris from California asked Kavanaugh his opinion on gay marriage and the historic Obergefell case that brought it to reality in the US. Kavanaugh then decided to respond by commenting on the recent religious freedom case involving wedding cakes.

“In Masterpiece Cakeshop, and this is I think relevant to your question, Justice Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito and Justice Gorsuch and Justice Breyer and Justice Kagan, ‘The days of discriminating against gay and lesbian Americans or treating gay and lesbian Americans as inferior in dignity and worth are over-‘”

Harris then asked, “Are over. Do you agree with that statement?”

Kavanaugh then tried to pivot away from the topic again, which led Harris to interject more assertively.

“Sir, I’m asking your opinion,” she said. “You’re the nominee right now and so it is probative of your ability to serve on the highest court in our land so I asking you a very specific question. Either you’re willing to answer it or not and if you’re not willing to answer it we can move on. Do you believe Obergefell was correctly decided?”

Kavanaugh responded by saying, “Each of the justices have declined as a matter of judicial independence, each of them, to answer questions in that line of cases. Following the precedent set by those eight justice, they’ve all declined.”

The Human Rights Campaign released a statement in response to Kavanaugh’s refusal to give a clear and concise answer to Harris’s question.

“Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families, he should not and must not be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court.”

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it as Kavanaugh chose not to comment on gay rights and anti-discrimination.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) asked if Kavanaugh was going to give his opinion on discriminating against gay people because of their same-sex marriage.

“In a majority of American states, you can fire somebody because they’re gay. And, I guess you’re not willing to tell me whether you personally, morally think that’s right or wrong,” said Booker.

Kavanaugh responded by saying, “I’m a judge and therefore with the cases that you’re well aware of pending about the scope of the civil rights laws, the employment discrimination laws…”

Booker interjected here and said:

 “That’s what I want to get to the point. That you won’t give me a moral answer because of the pending cases….so maybe I can ask you about your concern when you were in the Bush White House. Did you have any involvement in Bush’s effort to support a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage?”

The two then continued to speak over each other as Booker continued to ask for Kavanaugh’s opinions on gay rights and Kavanaugh kept responding by saying that he just follows the laws set before him.

Honestly, we could plot it all out for you all in, but it’s better if you just hear the mess in the video below.

While it seems like Kavanaugh is reaching for plausible deniability with his lack of response, it also seems that his silence is speaking volumes.

h/t: Towleroad

BREAKING: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh Nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump

Donald Trump just announced his nominee for new Supreme Court Justice. Brett M. Kavanaugh was announced during a White House presentation on July 9th. Kavanaugh, 53, is a federal appeals court judge and former aide to George W. Bush. Kavanaugh is a known advocate of ‘religious freedom’ and the appointment of this conservative will certainly galvanize voters before the midterm elections.

Just as we reported about Trump’s potential SCOTUS picks, Kavanaugh will change the balance of controversial battles such as abortion, LGBTQ rights, and capital punishment. Kavanaugh’s nomination comes after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement at the age of 81 in June. Justice Kennedy was typically the swing vote on highly contentious issues.

Kavanaugh still faces approval of the Senate, but if successfully appointed, it will be the first time in over 30 years that we have a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

This is Trump’s second nomination for the Supreme Court. Upon Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, Trump selected Justice Neil M. Gorsuch as his successor. Gorsuch has voted similar to Scalia, which hadn’t impacted SCOTUS ruling very much according to The New York Times.

With regard to LGBTQ rights, NBC reports:

Kavanaugh was“promoted heavily by the Family Research Council in 2005” when he was initially nominated for the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit. The Family Research Council, like the Alliance Defending Freedom, has been designated an anti-LGBTQ “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ rights, claiming homosexuality is “harmful” and “unnatural.” It is not clear, however, whether Kavanaugh agrees with the group’s anti-LGBTQ views.

During his announcement, Trump said:

Regarding one of the most profound responsibilities of the President of the United States… this is one of the most important decisions a President can make.

Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law.

He is a brilliant jurist with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time.

You can watch the announcement here:

h/t: The New York TimesNBC