WASHINGTON, D.C. — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday denied allegations made by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her while at a high school party in the 1980’s.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in the statement Monday. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making the 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.”
Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, also visited the White House on Monday for a closed-door meeting with the president on the matter.
Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is standing firm in her allegations against him, however, and is willing to testify before Congress if asked, Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, told reporters Monday.
In a letter published by CNN and sent to Senator Dianne Feinstein, (D)-Calif, Ford claimed: “Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980s.”
“The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others,” Ford wrote. “Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stair well from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help.”
“She clearly considers this an attempted rape,” Katz said Monday. “She believes that if it were not for the severe intoxication of Kavanaugh, she would have been raped.”
Kavanaugh, in a statement last week, said he has nothing to hide and too is willing to testify under oath on the matter.
“I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said, adding that he “categorically and unequivocally” denies the allegations that have been made against him.
So far the White House has not made any determination as to whether or not the president will revoke Kavanaugh’s nomination, but issued a statement on Monday that Ford “deserves to be heard”.
“This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored. I think the Senate is headed toward a reasonable approach, allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, told “Fox & Friends” Monday. “I spoke with the president, I spoke with Senator [Lindsey] Graham and others. This woman will be heard.”