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Here are all the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh



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Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is embroiled in
    sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Christine Blasey Ford and
    Deborah Ramirez are accusing
    Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school and college, and
    there are signs of at least one more accuser to come.
  • He has categorically denied the allegations, and plans
    to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about them on

Brett Kavanaugh, President
Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is facing allegations of
sexual assault and misconduct that have all surfaced in the past

Two of the accusations are from Kavanaugh’s time in high school
and college, and there are signs of at least one more to come. He
has denied the allegations.

Though the Trump administration has repeatedly waved off the
claims and defended Kavanaugh, congressional lawmakers are split
on how to proceed. Republicans want to get Trump’s Supreme Court
pick confirmed, but Democrats are calling for an FBI
investigation into the new allegations.

Christine Blasey Ford says Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school

Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, was the previously
anonymous author of a July letter to California Rep. Anna Eshoo
and Sen. Dianne Feinstein that said Kavanaugh assaulted her at a
Bethesda, Maryland party when the two were in high school.

On September 16, the Washington Post published
an article that identified Ford as the accuser and detailed her
claims that a “stumbling drunk” 17-year-old Kavanaugh pinned her
down, forced himself on her, and stifled her screams while his
friend allegedly watched.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said of
Kavanaugh during the alleged attack. “He was trying to attack me
and remove my clothing.”

The Post corroborated Ford’s account with an interview with her
husband, a lie detector test from her lawyer, and notes from
therapy sessions that include mention of a “rape attempt” by
students from an “elitist boys school” who would become “highly
respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”

Part of Ford’s account alleged Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge was
in the room for the attack, and that she was able to get away
after Judge jumped on them. Judge, now a conservative writer,
said he didn’t remember “any of that stuff going on with girls.”

Deborah Ramirez alleges an incident of sexual misconduct in

A week after the Post published Ford’s account,
The New Yorker published an article
detailing an allegation
from Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s,
who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm-room party
during his freshman 1983-84 school year.

Ramirez said she was reluctant to come forward because she was
drinking at the time of the incident and admits her memory has
gaps, but can recall key details.

“I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she told the New
Yorker. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of

Ramirez also said she has a vivid memory of another student
yelling nearby, “Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s

Though several classmates could not recall the incident, one told
The New Yorker he was 100% sure he heard Kavanaugh exposed
himself, in addition to independently identifying many of the
same details.

A male student Ramirez identified as having egged Kavanaugh on
told the New Yorker he remembered the incident as a “big deal”
that had been “on my mind all these years when his name came up.”
He also recalled Kavanaugh as “relatively shy” but a heavy
drinker, who would become “aggressive and even belligerent” when

As of Monday morning, over 600 Yale alumnae signed a letter in support of

Kavanaugh denies the allegations

Kavanaugh categorically denied Ford and Ramirez’s accounts in
separate statements.

After Ford came out, he said:

“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done
anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.
Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this
accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing
to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the
Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from
36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”

In response to Ramirez’s allegations, he said:

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people
who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so.
This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying
on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the
reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime
building — against these last-minute allegations.”

Brett Kavanaugh Trump
President Donald Trump
nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on July

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After Ford’s allegations were published, 65 women who knew
Kavanaugh in past schooling and work signed a letter that touted
how he has “always treated women with decency and respect.” Six
former Yale classmates were quoted in The New Yorker story
alongside Ramirez’s account to defend Kavanaugh and deny the

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, Kavanaugh answered Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono’s
question under oath, swearing he had never “committed any verbal
or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature” as a legal

On Monday afternoon, Kavanaugh sent a letter to
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking
Democrat Feinstein calling the allegations “smears” that “debase
our public discourse.”

“They are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve
our country,” Kavanaugh wrote. “Such grotesque and obvious
character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade
competent and good people of all political persuasions from

Michael Avenatti says he has a 3rd accuser

Attorney Michael Avenatti
tweeted Sunday that he has evidence that Kavanaugh, Judge, and
others would target women at house parties in the early 1980s
with alcohol and drugs “in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to
subsequently gang rape them.”

Avenatti said in the tweet he was representing “a
woman with credible information”
alongside a screenshot of an
email detailing the allegations to Mike Davis, the chief counsel
for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee.

told Politico
later that day he represented a group of people
who could corroborate allegations involving Kavanaugh and Judge,
including one victim and witnesses. Avenatti clarified
that his client was not Ramirez.

Avenatti, who also represents the adult-film actress Stormy
Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, said he “will be demanding
the opportunity to present testimony” to the Judiciary Committee,
which is overseeing Kavanaugh’s nomination proceedings.

He has not yet provided additional public information on his
possible accuser or her alleged claims against Kavanaugh.

Police say they’re not investigating a possible 4th allegation

The Montgomery County Sentinel
Monday morning that investigators were looking at a
possibly fourth woman’s allegation of sexual misconduct from
Kavanaugh’s senior year in high school.

But the department said in a Monday
afternoon statement
they had not received a request for any
such investigation.

Lawmakers are split on next steps

Ford is scheduled to testify with Kavanaugh before the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

But now Senate Democrats are
requesting an FBI investigation, and Feinstein called Sunday
night for Thursday’s hearing to be
and Kavanaugh’s confirmation delayed.

Congressional Republicans spoke out Sunday before the report of
Ramirez’s allegations to support Ford’s testimony, but were
largely cautious of her account’s significance to Kavanaugh’s
overall chances at confirmation.

The Trump Administration has repeatedly defended Kavanaugh
through the weekend, with Trump calling him a “fantastic man” and counselor
to the president Kellyanne Conway painting the allegations as
a vast left-wing conspiracy.”

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