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Brett Kavanaugh allegations could be ‘rough horseplay,’ activist says

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Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, speaks on CNN.
Carrie
Severino, chief counsel at the conservative Judicial Crisis
Network, speaks on CNN.

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  • The chief counsel for a conservative judicial group backing
    Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination described the sexual
    assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford against the
    judge as potentially “rough horseplay.” 
  • “Her allegations cover a whole range of conduct from
    boorishness to rough horseplay to actual attempted rape,” the
    lawyer Carrie Severino said during a Tuesday interview on CNN.
  • Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh attacked her and has
    described the incident as an attempted rape.

The chief counsel for a conservative group backing Judge Brett
Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination described on Tuesday the
sexual assault allegations Christine Blasey Ford made against the
judge as potential “rough horseplay.” 

“Her allegations cover a whole range of conduct from boorishness
to rough horseplay to actual attempted rape,” the lawyer, Carrie
Severino, said during an interview on CNN. “And so, obviously, if
you go to rape, yes, that is a very serious allegation.” 

Ford, who identified herself 
to
The Washington Post

 in an article published
Sunday, says that when she was 15 years old, Kavanaugh, then 17,
pinned her to a bed and groped her while his friend watched in a
home in Montgomery County, Maryland. Kavanaugh, she alleges,
covered her mouth with his hand and turned up the music to mask
her screams.

CNN host Kate Bolduan pushed back on Severino.

“I don’t think anywhere in there she’s saying this is boorish
horseplay — at all,” the CNN host said. 

But Severino insisted that Ford’s allegations could be
interpreted in many ways. 

“She’s certainly implying that it’s attempted rape,” Severino
replied. “I’m saying the behavior she described could describe a
whole range of things.” 

The conservative attorney went on to note that Kavanaugh has
flatly denied the allegations and said that he did not attend the
party where Ford said the attack took place. 

The Judicial Crisis Network, which has poured millions of dollars
into pressuring senators to confirm Kavanaugh, is planning a $1.5
million ad campaign to support Kavanaugh amid the allegations,
multiple news outlets
reported
Monday.

 

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