On Thursday, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., referred to the FBI a letter she had received from an unnamed woman making accusations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein did not reveal the details of the letter or the nature of the allegations. The New Yorker now reports the details of sexual misconduct allegations being made by an unnamed woman against Kavanaugh dating back to the 1980s.
Ronan Farrow, who in 2017 uncovered the sexual abuse allegations made against Harvey Weinstein, reports that the complaints made against Kavanaugh come from a woman who alleges that Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her at a party when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.
Kavanaugh said in a statement, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
The woman declined to be interviewed by the New Yorker and remains anonymous.
The FBI reportedly does not plan to launch a criminal investigation into the matter and passed the material to the White House as an update to Kavanaugh’s background check.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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