Second Kavanaugh Accuser Was Unsure If Judge Carried Out Assault
Another accuser claimed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the mid-1980s, but the accuser had admitted she’s not totally sure it was actually Kavanaugh who allegedly perpetrated the assault.
“Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself,” The New York Times reported.
“The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge,” the report also stated.
The New Yorker first published a story Sunday detailing allegations by Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale University with Kavanaugh and alleges that he thrust his exposed penis into her face without her consent while at a party.
Ramirez, however, admits she was drunk at the time of the alleged assault, and could not at first tell for sure it was Kavanaugh who performed these actions.
“In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty,” according to The New Yorker.
Ramirez also admitted to gaps in her memory, and said the allegations are a product of nearly a week of reflection with her attorneys. Two students allegedly present during the assault deny Ramirez’s account, and friends also said Ramirez never shared anything about an assault with her.
“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away,” The New Yorker reported.
Ramirez’s accusations come after Christine Blasey Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both minors. The allegations were first reported by The New Yorker on Sept. 14, but Ford’s name was not reported until Sept. 16. (RELATED: Kavanaugh Accuser’s Lawyer: It’s Not Her Job To Corroborate Her Story)
Ford cannot remember exactly where or when the alleged assault occurred. She said she believes it happened during the summer of 1982. Other alleged witnesses have told the Senate Judiciary Committee they don’t recall any party or the events that were reported to have occurred.
Kavanaugh has denied both allegations of assault. There are no indications that Kavanaugh will withdraw his nomination at the calls of many Democrats, and he has expressed eagerness to defend his name.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing for Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday.