“I wanted him to feel my rage,” Ms. Archila said in an interview on Friday afternoon.
As she spoke to him, Mr. Flake nodded and looked down, his eyes darting between her, the floor and the elevator wall — a moment captured live on CNN.
Then Ms. Gallagher spoke.
“I was sexually assaulted and nobody believed me,” she said. “I didn’t tell anyone, and you’re telling all women that they don’t matter.”
Later, as she tearfully reprimanded Mr. Flake for his decision to support Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Gallagher demanded the senator’s attention.
“Don’t look away from me,” she said. “Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land and tell everyone what they can do to their bodies.”
Ms. Gallagher declined to be interviewed, but confirmed many details through a spokesman.
Ms. Archila said that when they confronted Mr. Flake, it was one of the first times either had publicly shared their accounts of sexual assault. Ms. Archila, who says she was assaulted when she was 5, said she was moved to tell her story after seeing Dr. Blasey’s testimony.
“When the #MeToo movement broke out, I thought about saying it — but I wrote things and deleted it and eventually decided I can’t say, ‘Me too,’” Ms. Archila said. “But when Dr. Blasey did it, I forced myself to think about it again.”
Mr. Flake was in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday afternoon after the exchange and could not be immediately reached for comment. In the video, he can be seen bowing his head as the women tell their stories, and murmuring, “Thank you,” without answering their questions.