It’s the sexual assault claims hearing that has divided and enraged America.
And nothing could sum that up more than this extraordinary photo of Brett Kavanaugh on ‘trial’ in a court of public opinion – the US Senate.
To the left and right of the Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee sit five women, all with looks of disgust and horror rippling across their faces.
But it is not what it first appears. Far from being accusers, disgusted with the 53-year-old’s alleged actions, they are his family and his allies.
Their disgust could therefore be assumed to be about the fact the allegations have surfaced in the first place.
To his right sit his mother Martha Kavanaugh, family friend Laura Cox Kaplan and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh. To his left are longtime friend Suzanne Matan and former clerk Zina Bash.
The photo captures an extraordinary saga that has transfixed the US and divided supporters and critics of Donald Trump even further than before.
University professor Christine Blasey Ford fought tears yesterday as she said Kavanaugh assaulted her at a High School party, declaring: “I believed he was going to rape me.”
Saying she was 15 and he 17, she told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes.
“He had a hard time because he was very inebriated and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothing.”
She said she “tried to yell for help” but Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth. He and a friend of his were “drunkenly laughing during the attack”, she added.
Dr Ford said she could not remember the location or exact date of the incident 36 years ago, but said she was 100% sure it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her.
She told the senators she was “terrified” to testify but felt it was her civic duty to come forward.
And two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have accused conservative Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
But in an angry, extraordinary statement yesterday, Kavanaugh blasted Democratic senators and accused opponents of “a calculated and orchestrated political hit”.
Calling himself a victim of “grotesque and obvious character assassination,” Kavanaugh said he “unequivocally and categorically” denied Ford’s allegation.
“I swear today, under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge,” he said.
He added: “I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.”
Dr Ford told the hearing she feared he would rape and accidentally kill her.
“I am an independent person and I am no one’s pawn,” she said.
But Kavanaugh insisted: “I have never done this, to her or to anyone.”
President Trump, who has himself faced claims of sexual misconduct, faced angry questions after dragging himself into the row to defend Kavanaugh – who has not to date had the allegations tested in a court of law.
The US President claimed his “testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting”, adding the Democrats’ tactics had been “disgraceful” and a “total sham”.
A Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation was due within days – but last night it was reported the American Bar Association asked for it to be delayed so the FBI can investigate.