Report: Christine Blasey Ford's Friend Leland Keyser 'Doesn't Believe' Assault Happened, Was Threatened

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could spread about me if I didn't comply."
Chris Menahan

InformationLiberation
Sep. 17, 2019

"Leland Keyser -- Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford's friend and alleged attendee at the party where the alleged assault occurred -- now says she doesn't believe it happened," The Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reported Monday.


From the Washington Examiner:
Leland Keyser, a high school friend of Christine Blasey Ford, cast doubt on Ford's claims of being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a high school party in the 1980s.

"I don't have any confidence in the story," Keyser told New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly in their new book, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Last summer, Keyser seemed to say that, although she didn't remember the event, she still believed Ford.

"Ms. Keyser does not refute Dr. Ford's account, and she has already told the press that she believes Dr. Ford's account," Keyser's attorney wrote last year. "However, the simple and unchangeable truth is that she is unable to corroborate it because she has no recollection of the incident in question."

But Keyser now says she lacks confidence in Ford's account. "We spoke multiple times to Keyser, who also said that she didn't recall that get-together or others like it," Pogrebin and Kelly wrote. "In fact, she challenged Ford's accuracy."

"Those facts together I don't recollect, and it just didn't make any sense," Keyser told the authors.
Keyser suggested she was threatened into staying silent:
"Keyser later said she felt pressure by both [Ford classmate Lucy] Gonella and Ford's friend Monica McLean to change her story," Pogrebin and Kelly wrote.

"I was told behind the scenes that certain things could spread about me if I didn't comply,"
Keyser told the authors.
Pogrebin and Kelly went ahead and aired some of her dirty laundry, presumably as some sort of revenge:
"It would be impossible for me to be the only girl at a get-together with three guys, have her leave, and then not figure out how she's getting home," Keyser told Pogrebin and Kelly. "I just really didn't have confidence in the story."

Pogrebin and Kelly, however, say Ford's story "rings true" and challenged Keyser's recollections. "It is possible that Ford's account is wrong and that Keyser's lack of recollection is proof of that," they wrote, but said "Keyser's memory might be affected by her struggles with alcohol and other substances."
Real classy, these two.

Perhaps Ford's memory was affected by her struggles with telling the truth?

Perhaps her memory was clouded by her purported desire to put "an asterisk next to his name" before "he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade"?


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