Brett Kavanaugh. AFP

A woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has identified herself.

Christine Blasey Ford told the Washington Post Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed and tried to undress her when they were both teenagers.

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Kavanaugh denied the allegations when they first surfaced last week.

The top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are now expected to speak to both Kavanaugh and Ford.

Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University, told the Post she had decided to go public as her privacy was “being chipped away”.

She said she first approached Democratic lawmakers with her allegations in July, shortly after Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh revived the pain of the memory.

If chosen for the lifetime appointment, Kavanaugh would be expected to tilt the Supreme Court’s balance to the right.

The conservative appeals court judge is strongly opposed by some Democrats for his views, such as on abortion.

Ford said she believed the incident happened in 1982 when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.

He was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and she was studying at a nearby high school.