A woman who attended Yale University with Brett Kavanaugh has alleged that he sexually assaulted her when they both were freshmen at the Ivy League school, according to a New Yorker article, which says Senate Democrats are investigating the allegations.
The woman, identified as Deborah Ramirez, is accusing Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a dormitory party and “thrusting his penis” in her face, according to the story, which also reports that this incident happened during the 1983-84 academic year.
Ramirez, 53, is the second woman to accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault decades ago.
In Ramirez’s case, she claims she encountered him at a party a year after Christine Blasey Ford has said that he held her down, covered her mouth with his hand and tried to remove her clothes after he and a friend locked her in a bedroom at a party in 1982, when they were all in high school in the suburbs of Washington, DC.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations by Ford and in a new statement denied this new accusation.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. “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.”
Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 am on Thursday and the New Yorker is reporting that Ramirez is asking for an FBI investigation into her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Ramirez told the New Yorker that the incident took place after she was invited to a party where she and friends played a drinking game. She said she was repeatedly picked to take a drink and quickly became drunk.
At some point, Ramirez told the New Yorker that a male student exposed himself to her. She remembers Kavanaugh standing nearby and pulling his pants up while he laughed.
“I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants,” she told the New Yorker.
Ramirez said she does have gaps in her memories of the evening and know she will be questioned about why she took so long to come forward with the allegations.
The White House responded Sunday by saying it “stands firmly” behind Kavanaugh.
“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” the statement reads. “This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.”
Response to the latest allegation has included calls for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be pulled and suggestions that more information is coming.
Brian Fallon, executive director of Demand Justice, issued a short but pointed statement.
“Enough is enough. Brett Kavanaugh needs to withdraw immediately,” he said.
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented Stormy Daniels in her hush-money case against President Trump, tweeted that he is representing a third woman with “information” on Kavanaugh. He sent a second tweet specifying that this woman is not Ramirez.
Women’s March COO Rachel O’Leary Carmona said her organization is planning a “week of action” leading into the Ford testimony on Thursday and called for Kavanaugh to be removed from consideration.
“His nomination was an affront to women from the start, and any continuation of these hearings will be seen by women as a war on survivors of sexual assault,” Carmona said.
SOURCE: USA Today – Louie Villalobos