A classmate of Christine Blasey Ford is now changing her story, saying she doesn’t actually know whether an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place like she suggested it did on social media.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Cristina King Miranda initially wrote, “Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her. This incident did happen. Many of us heard about it in school and Christine’s recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true.”
Miranda also wrote that, “Even before Christine came forward,” she was against Kavanaugh’s nomination. “I was and still am completely against his nomination.”
“I do not want him representing me or making decisions on my behalf in the Supreme Court as he goes against everything sacred to me as a woman, mother, daughter, latina, American and professional. No matter how fine a person and ‘upstanding’ citizen he may be,” Miranda added.
Now Miranda says she has “no idea” whether the incident happened.
"That it happened or not, I have no idea," Cristina King Miranda told NPR's Nina Totenberg. "I can't say that it did or didn't."
She further explained that she was “empowered” in her Facebook post claiming that she knew about the alleged incident, but at the time she had “no idea” she would be required to “go to the specifics” about her knowledge and “defend it before 50 cable channels.”
"In my [Facebook] post, I was empowered and I was sure it probably did [happen]," Miranda told NPR. "I had no idea that I would now have to go to the specifics and defend it before 50 cable channels and have my face spread all over MSNBC news and Twitter."
Miranda also tweeted that she would be doing no more interviews on the matter and stressed that she had no first-hand knowledge about the allegations.
“To all media, I will not be doing anymore interviews. No more circus. To clarify my post: I do not have first hand knowledge of the incident that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford mentions, and I stand by my support for Christine. That's it. I don't have more to say on the subject.”
Miranda said the Senate Judiciary Committee reached out to her and that Miranda will not testify at a Senate hearing if asked.
Incidentally, Ford has said she “told no one” about the incident until 2012, which contradicts Miranda’s claim that “many of us heard about it in school.”
“Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband,” the Washington Post reported in a Sept. 16 article.
Furthermore, Miranda said she played soccer with Ford in high school and that there was a “buzz” going around the weekend of the alleged party.
“Miranda says she played soccer with Ford — whom she refers to as Chrissy — in high school and that she continues to support her. Miranda added that despite not knowing specifics of what went on at the party three decades ago, she remembers that there was a ‘buzz’ that went around the weekend of the party in question about an alleged incident involving students from her school and Kavanaugh's,” NPR wrote.
However, according to Ford’s recollection, the incident in question took place during the summer.
“Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both ‘stumbling drunk,’ Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County,” the Washington Post reported.