Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette criticized the Senate Judiciary after it published a letter from 65 women in support of Brett Kavanaugh.
The women signed a letter to defend the Supreme Court nominee after Senator Dianne Feinstein revealed that a woman accused him of attempting to sexually assault her in the 1980s.
The letter, which was published a day after the accusations were made public by Feinstein, immediately caused surprise.
& # 39; #BrettKavanaugh went to a high school for children. It's interesting how quickly you got 65 names, "Messing tweeted on Friday.
"It's almost as if you knew this accusation of sexual assault and you tried to hide it." But I prepared with the names ONLY IN CASE. "
Sixty-five women who said they knew Brett Kavanaugh in high school have signed a letter in support after accusations that he tried to sexually attack a girl in the 1980s
The women said they knew Kavanaugh as an honorable man who had "a wide circle of friends" while attending Georgetown Preparatory children's school
Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette were quick to highlight the speed with which the Senate judiciary published the letter
"That too I thought … hmm," said Arquette.
The woman claims that Kavanaugh stopped her and tried to force her during a party while attending Georgetown Preparatory in Bethesda, Maryland.
The 65 women who met Kavanaugh while attending the prep school said they believe he is an honorable man.
"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while attending high school between 1979 and 1983," the letter says.
"During all the time we've known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect."
"We firmly believe that it is important to transmit this information to the Committee at this time."
The letter, which was published a day after Feinstein made the accusations public, immediately aroused glances.
The letter goes on to state that Kavanaugh was an "outstanding student and athlete" with a "wide circle of friends" in high school.
"Almost all of us attended allgirls high schools in the area, we knew Brett well through social events, sports, churches and other activities," he continues.
Kavanaugh graduated in 1983 from Georgetown Prep, a Catholic school for children in the suburbs of Maryland, near Washington, DC
"Many of us have continued to be close friends with him and his family over the years, and for more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character and integrity."
"In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect, which was true when he was in high school, and he has stayed true to this day."
"The signatories of this letter have a wide range of political views, many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person, and he has always been a good person."
Sen. Dick Durbin called on Senate Republicans to delay the next week's Judiciary Committee vote on the nomination after the allegations.
This is the most important vacancy in the Supreme Court in a generation, and President Trump has chosen Judge Kavanaugh as the decisive vote on the health, privacy and rights of all Americans, and if our Constitution will protect everyone or only the rich and powerful, "he wrote in a statement.
Kavanaugh (on the right, pictured in her high school yearbook with an unnamed soccer teammate) was 17 years old at the time a woman claims she tried to force herself on her
The woman said that Kavanaugh (at the front and center) and a friend, identified as the conservative author Mark Judge, appeared in the room to stifle their protests.
"The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while hiding critical portions of the candidate's record."
At the end of the statement, Durbin said that "it is only up to the survivors of the sexual assault to decide if they present themselves."
"It is completely unacceptable to attack anyone who claims they have been attacked," he wrote.
"If the #MeToo movement has taught us something, it is that we should respect and listen to survivors of sexual assault, regardless of the age of those involved or when the alleged attack took place."
Sen Dianne Feinstein referred the letter of an unidentified woman to the FBI. She first received the letter from the woman in July
Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during her own hearing, has ruled in support of the woman
Kavanaugh's accuser actually addressed the legislators first with his indictment in July, according to The New Yorker.
She sent a letter describing the attack to her congresswoman, Representative Anna Eshoo, as well as to Feinstein, who heads the Democrats during Kavanaugh's hearing.
In the letter, the woman said that she attended a high school near Georgetown Preparatory and attended a party there one night.
She said that Kavanaugh held her and tried to force herself on her.
The woman said that he and a friend, already identified as conservative author Mark Judge, music appeared in the room to stifle his protests.
Washington, DC Writer Mark Judge has been identified as high school friend appointed by the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh, described in a letter from a woman accusing
She said that Kavanaugh also covered his mouth with his hand.
The woman said that she could escape but that the memory stayed with her and that she even received psychological treatment for that.
Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court revived the painful memory and the woman fought for whether or not to go public, she told Ronan Farrow.
Feinstein's decision to only reveal the accusations, which he learned months ago, this week has raised eyebrows even within his own party.
The sources said the senator was trying to protect the privacy of the woman and wanted to focus on legal issues during the interrogation of Kavanaugh.
But others were surprised that Feinstein did not inform other members of the Judicial Committee.
Judge published this weathered photo of 1981 on Facebook that represents a week at the beach with his group of friends from high school. Kavanaugh appears in the last row, second from the right
This group photo of Georgetown Prep students was taken in 1983, the year Kavanaugh graduated. Judge wrote on Facebook that the mustachioed man at the bottom was his gym teacher, whose bachelor party, complete with a stripper, was attended by some of the boys
Anita Hill, who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during her own hearing, has since spoken out.
Hill said the accusations are clear proof that senators need to put in place a process that allows such accusations to be heard properly.
"Given the seriousness of these allegations, the government needs to find a fair and neutral way to investigate the allegations," Hill said in a statement Friday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee must set in motion a process that allows anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard. & # 39;
"The reluctance of someone to come forward proves that even in the #MeToo era, it is still incredibly difficult to denounce harassment, abuse or aggression by people in power."
Since then, Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, saying that he did not do this in high school or at any time & # 39;
Also, the judge said he "did not remember" the incident, although he has often written in the past about how "alcoholism was rampant" in his alma mater.
Kavanaugh and Judge attended the elite Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, the same high school that produced Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch
His 2005 book God and Man at Georgetown Prep is sold out. But conservative writer George Weigel wrote that year, for Catholic San Francisco magazine, that in it Judge & # 39; freely admits that his own propensities to wild behavior (especially when they eat alcohol) made a circus of his high school and university (extended) years & # 39;
In a 2006 essay on media bias, Judge wrote that in high school he and Kavanaugh had been instructed in graphic sex education, including abortion.
He also wrote that he had attended "a bachelor party for a teacher and that there was a stripper present."
"Alcoholism was rampant, as was homosexuality in the clergy, it was a place of combustion that was playing with fire," Judge recalled.
On Facebook, Judge described a photograph of some of his friends with his gym teacher, whom he identified as the bachelor.
"We had a barrel and a belly dancer," he wrote. & # 39; We would have been arrested today & # 39;