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Fox News anchor says Kavanaugh allegations spurred his daughters to open up about teenage experiences

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace says the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh prompted his own daughters to reveal their stories. (Screenshot via Fox News Channel)

Just minutes before a hearing got underway on Thursday about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace shared a story on live television that was much closer to home.

While waiting for one of Kavanaugh’s three accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, to arrive at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Wallace disclosed that over the past week he had learned that his own daughters had shared stories from their high school years they had not previously shared with him.

“Two of my daughters told me stories that I had never heard before about things that happened to them in high school,” he said, reflecting on how his family — “like lots of American families” — had been engaged in debate over the controversy surrounding the allegations.

While adding his daughters’ allegations were not as serious as the ones that have arisen against Kavanaugh, but wanted to drive home the point “that there are teenage girls who don’t tell stories to a lot of people, and then it comes up.”

“And I don’t think we can disregard that,” he said. “I don’t think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this. I think that would be a big mistake.”

Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh date to a house party, when both were in high school. Ford claims that she was heading to the bathroom when a “highly inebriated” Kavanaugh grabbed her and pulled her into a bedroom. Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, was also present, Ford claims. In her account of the alleged assault, Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed, groped her and tried to pull off her clothes. When she screamed, he reportedly covered her mouth with his hand.

Ford appeared inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday to offer her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, currently vetting President Donald Trump’s second appointment to the nation’s highest court.

Wallace later called Ford’s statement and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee a “disaster” for Republicans.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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