The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault quickly dismissed a theory that circulated online Thursday that she may have confused him with another classmate.
"There is zero chance that I would confuse them," Christine Blasey Ford said in a statement reported by The Washington Post.
Ford issued the statement after Ed Whelan, a former clerk for the late Justice Antonin Scalia who serves as president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, put forward the theory in a series of tweets that sparked instant backlash online.
Whelan, a supporter of Kavanaugh, identified another former classmate of the judge in a series of tweets, sharing floor plans, maps and other photographs to suggest that Ford may have confused Kavanaugh with the other student.
"To be clear, I have no idea what, if anything, did or did not happen in that bedroom at the top of the stairs, and I therefore do not state, imply or insinuate that [Kavanaugh's classmate] or anyone else committed the sexual assault that Ford alleges," Whelan tweeted.
The Hill could not reach Whelan for immediate comment.
Ford said in her statement reported by the Post on Thursday said that she knew both Kavanaugh and the classmate identified by Whelan, adding that she socialized with them and visited the second classmate in the hospital once.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her at a party in the early 1980s when they were in high school.
She has acknowledged that she does not remember at what house or when exactly the alleged assault occurred. Ford has also said she cannot recall how she got to the party or what she did afterward.
Kavanaugh has flatly denied the allegation against him, saying in a statement earlier this week, "I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone."
Kavanaugh has said he plans to appear for a hearing set for Monday to respond to the allegations, while lawyers for Ford have proposed her testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday.