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Kavanaugh allegations would've lasted a 24-hour news cycle before #MeToo, says activist

Activist Liz Plank said in an interview that aired Wednesday on "Rising" that the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would have lasted just one 24-hour news before the "Me Too" movement. 

“We are living in a new world where accusations against powerful men are taken very seriously, and that’s incredible," Plank, executive producer of Vox's "Divided States of Women," told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball. 

“We’ve had a big response to this in a way that perhaps a year ago, this would have been a story that lasted a 24-hour news cycle and then we would have moved on," she continued. 

Plank's comments come after Christine Blasey Ford publicly came forward with her accusations against Kavanaugh. 

Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and forced himself on her when the two were attending neighboring high schools in Montgomery County, Md.

A lawyer for Ford said on Tuesday that she would not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigates her claims. 

The "Me Too" movement gained national attention last year after a slew of powerful men including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, were accused of sexual misconduct, and subsequently left their jobs. 

— Julia Manchester