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The Papers: Kavanaugh accuser testifies before Senate

September 28, 2018 5:17 AM
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The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford to the US Senate Judiciary Committee is the lead story in the Guardian. Dr Ford, who has accused supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago, said she believed "he was going to rape me". Mr Kavanaugh, who also testified before the Senate hearing in Washington, insisted he had "never sexually assaulted anyone".

A picture of Christine Blasey Ford at the Senate Judiciary Committee also dominates the Financial Times front page. The paper reports that Dr Ford told of how, during a drunken encounter at a 1980s high school party, she believed Mr Kavanaugh "was accidentally going to kill me". Brett Kavanaugh has emphatically denied allegations of sexual assault.

'Supreme Ordeal' reads the headline in the Metro, which joins other papers in leading on the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington. Watched by millions, Dr Ford told a panel of judges she was "100% certain" that Mr Kavanaugh was her attacker. Speaking later, Mr Kavanaugh issued a "furious denial", saying he was not at the party where the alleged sexual assault is said to have taken place.

Boris Johnson dominates the front page of the Telegraph with his "plan for a better Brexit". The former foreign secretary calls on the prime minister to scrap her Chequers deal and negotiate a "Super Canada" free trade deal with the EU. Setting out a six-point plan of attack, Mr Johnson claims it is time to "change the course of the negotiations and do justice to the ambitions and potential of Brexit". The paper says the tone of the 4,500 word essay will fuel speculation about a possible leadership challenge.

The Sun features David Beckham on its front page, reporting fury among road safety groups after the football star was cleared of alleged speeding on a technicality. Mr Beckham had pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving at 59mph in a 40mph zone by claiming the speeding notice was served late. Road safety groups said Mr Beckham had "shirked responsibility".


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