After her lawyer had asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by her estranged husband, Christine Blases Ford, who accused Ford of sexually assaulting her in 1974, she went to her mother-in-law’s house and told her she was sorry.
Ford has since said the conversation was not recorded, but her lawyers argued that they can prove it because it was recorded on the phone.
They argue the recording was part of a conversation between her mother and her father-in law, who was in the family’s car.
The hearing was scheduled to last a few hours and was scheduled for Thursday.
Senate Republicans are planning to begin debate on Friday morning, while Democrats are scheduled to begin the vote early on Saturday morning.
In a statement to ABC News, Ford’s lawyer said he believes her statement was truthful.
“Her statement was made in her own words, and she did not speak to anyone else in her family, and her family did not know she was being recorded,” lawyer Michael D’Antonio told ABC News.
Ford’s attorneys, in a statement issued later on Saturday, said the senator “wanted nothing to do with the recording, or her statement.”
He also said his client’s family “does not accept her apology for her actions.”
“While the Senate and the country await the outcome of the Supreme Court’s upcoming confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Judicial Court, the American people deserve to hear her side of the story and get to know her character,” his statement said.
Ford is the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, following Christine Blasing Ford’s allegation against him in December 2018.
A judge has dismissed the lawsuit against Kavanaugh.
In March, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Kavanaugh, but his confirmation hearing has been delayed until late February.
In addition to Ford, Kavanaugh is also facing two other sexual assault accusations.
In August 2018, the Associated Press reported that Kavanaugh had denied two women who had accused him of sexually harassing them.
“My accusers are telling the truth,” Kavanaugh said, adding that he “would never have touched anyone, let alone a minor.”
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations, and said he has never sexually harassed anyone.
He has also said he is “not a serial sexual predator.”
The Senate Judiciary committee voted to move forward with Kavanaugh’s nomination, but it is unclear if his confirmation will proceed.
This story was updated at 3:36 p.m. on February 18, 2019.