Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live, courtesy of PBS NewsHour.
Ford, a California college professor, accused the appeals court judge of attempting to rape her when they were high school teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied any sexual misconduct then or in college at Yale. Several more women alleging sexual misconduct have since come forward.
The hearing will begin around 10 a.m. ET.
In his prepared remarks, Kavanaugh says that "I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today." Ford's prepared remarks state that "I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school."
Kavanaugh defended himself this week in a TV interview. Thursday morning's hearing will be the first time the country sees and hears from Ford.
Protesters have gathered around the U.S. Capitol building ahead of the hearing. Organizers behind the Women's March planned a "direct action" to support Ford, while conservative women's groups planned an "I stand with Brett" rally near the Russell Senate Office Building.