The 51-year-old psychology professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault entered a walnut-paneled Senate committee room mid-morning - the culmination of what she's called the hardest weeks of her life.
The Colorado accusation took up one moment in an hour-long phone interview between Kavanaugh and Judiciary Committee lawyers on Tuesday. She has said both Judge and Kavanaugh had been drinking at the time. "Those who say that do not know me", she said.
In the weeks that followed, Ford said she "agonized daily" over whether to go public with her allegations, and revealed the threats and harassment she and her family have experienced since she came forward in a September 16 Post report.
During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated.
The caller also claimed to have physically confronted both Kavanaugh and Judge, who would have been in their early 20s, and said he left them 'with significant injuries'.
"My greatest fears have been realised - and the reality has been far worse than what I expected", she said, adding that she and her family were forced out of their Palo Alto home and have been living in "various secure locals, with guards" for the last 10 days.
On his message for young men, Mr Trump said: "It's a very risky period in our country, and it's being perpetrated by some very evil people".
She also said she didn't tell her parents what had happened immediately because she didn't want to reveal that she was at a house party where alcohol was present and because Kavanaugh hadn't raped her. He also submitted two written statements, one on Monday and a second, more in-depth statement on Wednesday.
Trump described Kavanaugh as a "great gentleman" and a "great intellect" and said he believed the accusations against the conservative judge were "false".
US President Donald Trump has defended his Supreme Court nominee implicated in sexual misconduct by lashing out at his own accusers. "I've always treated women with dignity and respect", he said.
He told The View she wants to come forward.
Christine Blasey Ford will give her account of an alleged incident, in which she said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when both of them were in high school.
"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", he said in a statement.
Republicans have seized on Avenatti's entrance into the controversy to underline their concerns about a smear campaign against Kavanaugh, but it's unclear how they will react now that the specific allegations have been made public.
Republican Judiciary committee staffers on Wednesday were trying to interview another woman, Julie Swetnick.
Blasey Ford said she was finally able to escape and rushed out of the house with an "enormous sense of relief" that the teens did not follow her.
He vehemently denies Ford's allegations and says that perhaps she was sexually assaulted by someone in some place but it wasn't him.