Ford Recounts the 'Laughter' Several Times, the Fear for Her Life Only Once

By Susan Jones | September 28, 2018 | 9:26am EDT
Christine Blasey Ford said her "strongest" memory is the laughter, not the near-smothering she described. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - In her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described what "terrified" her most about the alleged attack 36 years ago that has "haunted me episodically as an adult."

"I tried to yell for help," she testified. "When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This is what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me."

But Ford never brought up that most terrifying, most impactful moment again, even after prompted by various senators.

When Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Ford, "What is the strongest memory you have, the strongest memory of the incident, something that you cannot forget?" she responded:

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the laugh -- the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense."

Leahy said, "You've never forgotten that laughter. You've never forgotten them laughing at you."

"They were laughing with each other," Ford said.

"And you were the object of the laughter?" Leahy asked.

"I was, you know, underneath one of them while the two laughed, two friend -- two friends having a really good time with one another."

Ford also mentioned that she could hear the boys as they went down the stairwell -- "They were laughing," she said.

Later, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) asked Ford, "Can you tell us what you don't forget about that night?"

Ford responded, "The stairwell, the living room, the bedroom, the bed on the right side of the room as you walk into the room. There was a bed to the right. The bathroom in close proximity, the laughter, the uproarious laughter, and the multiple attempts to escape and the final ability to do so."

Not a word about the hand over her mouth impeding her breathing and her fear that she might die.

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