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Classmate of Kavanaugh Accuser Backtracks after Guilty Claim Goes Viral

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

A woman who says she attended high school with Christine Blasey Ford claimed Tuesday in a since-deleted tweet that she was certain of Kavanaugh’s guilt and remembered the alleged assault being spoken about in school in its aftermath.

“I graduated from Holton Arms, and knew both Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. Christine Blasey Ford was a year or so behind me, I remember her. I signed this letter. The incident was spoken about for days afterwords in school. Kavanaugh should stop lying, own up to it and apologize,” Cristina King Miranda wrote Tuesday morning in a tweet that received thousands of retweets and likes.

Miranda also wrote a Facebook post supporting Ford’s claim, which describes being stood up after asking Kavanaugh’s fellow Georgetown Prep student Mark Judge to the prom. She accused Judge, who has described his alcoholism in detail in a series of books, of getting “bombed a few hours before prom dinner.”

“This incident did happen. Many of us heard a buzz about it indirectly with few specific details. However Christine’s vivid recollection should be more than enough for us to truly, deeply know that the accusation is true,” the Facebook post reads. “The drinking ensconced in the puritanism and hypocrisy of that elite, privileged, mostly white, Catholic, Washington society, was completely out of control.”

Several journalists challenged Miranda’s claim that the assault was discussed in school, citing Ford’s claim that she believed the attack “occurred in the summer of 1982.” Ford also told the Washington Post that she told no one of the alleged assault for some 30 years before eventually telling her therapist in 2012.

Miranda, whose LinkedIn profile indicates she attended Holton-Arms, later issued an explanation as to why she deleted the tweet, citing an overwhelming number of media requests, which she said she was not sure she was “interested in pursuing.”

In a subsequent tweet she admitted to having “no first hand knowledge” of the incident.

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