While Brett Kavanaugh angrily responded to Christine Ford’s allegations during his testimony today, many noticed the sad woman sitting behind him and dressed in a black dress. The brown-haired woman is his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh. At one point, his voice broke and he had to pause as he spoke about the effect the allegations have had on his two daughters, and Ashley appeared to be choking back tears as he spoke.
Ashley Kavanaugh has been supporting her husband through all the allegations. Until she and Brett appeared on Fox News this week, she stayed out of the spotlight after the allegations surfaced.
They walked down the hall, hand-in-hand, as they headed to the room where he was going to testify.
She walked in with him, hand-in-hand, as he appeared to testify.
And she has been sitting behind him, showing support, ever since.
In this video clip, you can see her watching Brett as he talks about how the allegations have affected the women in his life.
Despite not appearing much publicly at first, she hasn’t been immune from the fallout. She has received death threats since the allegations came out, USA Today reported. She received threatening emails at work, where she’s the town manager. They included messages like “My condolences to you for being married to a rapist. Although you probably deserve it,” and “F*** YOU AND YOUR RAPIST HUSBAND.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that she also received emails that read “May you, your husband and your kids burn in hell” and telling her to “put a bullet” in her husband.
Ashley and Brett have been married since 2004. They have two daughters, Margaret and Liza. Their first daughter was born just 13 months after they were married. In the photo below, you can see family of the Kavanaughs holding back tears, sitting next to a friend of Kavanaugh’s, who is next to his wife as he testifies. His parents are on the left.
Brett and Ashley first met while they were both working for George W. Bush in the White House. They were married in 2004, when Brett was a United States Circuit Judge. President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attended their wedding. Their wedding was featured in a “Weddings of the Rich and Famous” column published in the Washingtonian because the Bushes attended.
This is a developing story.