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Brett Kavanaugh’s former roommate sides with accuser who alleges judge exposed himself in college

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  • James Roche, a man who says he was Brett Kavanaugh’s
    when the two were in college at Yale, said he remembered
    Kavanaugh “frequently drinking excessively and becoming
    incoherently drunk.”
  • Roche said that he was inclined to believe the
    sexual misconduct allegations a second accuser, Debbie Ramirez,
    leveled against Kavanaugh.
  • Ramirez was another of Kavanaugh’s classmates at Yale.
    Her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh, during which she said
    Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party, was published by
    The New Yorker on Sunday.
  • Roche described Kavanaugh as a “normally reserved”
    person, but a “notably heavy drinker, even by the standards at
    the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he
    was very drunk.”

A man who says he was Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s college roommate
when the two were students at Yale said he remembered Kavanaugh
as “frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently
drunk,” in a statement released on Monday.

James Roche said he was inclined to believe the sexual misconduct
allegations made by Debbie Ramirez, a fellow classmate at Yale
University, who claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a
party.

Roche, who lived in a two-bedroom unit with Kavanaugh during
their freshman year, described Ramirez as “being exceptionally
honest, with a trusting manner,” and said he believed Kavanaugh
may have been “capable” of behaving in the alleged manner.

Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself during a dorm
party in his freshman year from 1983-84, according to a New Yorker
report
 published on Sunday. Kavanaugh is alleged to have
thrust his exposed penis in front of Ramirez’s face as onlookers
watched, investigative journalists Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer
wrote.

“I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated,” Ramirez said to
The New Yorker. “Brett was laughing.”

Roche claims that although he did not witness the alleged
incident, he was inclined to agree with Ramirez based on his
experience with the eventual Supreme Court nominee.

“Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually
honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this
up,” Roche said his statement
Monday night. “Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and
his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie
described.”

Roche, who runs a software company in San Francisco, made similar
comments in The New Yorker’s Sunday report and with
a local Bay Area news station
on Monday.

Roche, who said he was “close friends” with Ramirez and did not
interact with Kavanaugh “beyond the first few days of freshman
year,” described Kavanaugh as a “normally reserved” person, but a
“notably heavy drinker, even by the standards at the time, and
that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very
drunk.”

“We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him
as he returned from nights out with his friends,” Roche said.

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Ramirez’s claim, calling it a
“smear, plain and simple.” He also denies Christine Blasey Ford’s
allegation that he fondled her at a party when the two were in
high school.

Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor who
accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a house party in
the 1980s, said he was “stumbling drunk” when he sexually
assaulted her.

“Yes, there were parties and the drinking age was 18,” Kavanaugh
said during an interview with Fox News host Martha MacCallum on
Monday night. “And yes, the seniors were legal and had beer
there. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion.
And people generally, in high school, I think all of us have
probably done things. We look back on in high school and regret
or cringe a bit.”

“But that’s not what we’re talking about,” Kavanaugh added.
“We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never
sexually assaulted anyone.”

Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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