Report of Fifth Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegation
Transcript from a phone call between Kavanaugh and staffers of the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed more allegations against Kavanaugh Wednesday evening. According to the transcript, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office received a phone call Tuesday morning alleging Kavanaugh was involved in a sexual assault in 1985 on a boat.
The transcript revealed the allegation claimed that in August of 1985 a “close acquaintance” of a Rhode Island constituent “was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark.”
Kavanaugh denied the allegations to the Judiciary Committee on the Tuesday call and called it “completely made up.”
“I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport. Not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined. This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don’t know what they’re referring to,” Kavanaugh said to committee staffers, according to the transcript.
Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s close friend, has been implicated in previous sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
The Rhode Island constituent that called Whitehouse’s office said they confronted the two men involved in the alleged incident on the morning after it happened.
The constituent realized that Kavanaugh was one of the men allegedly involved “when he saw Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook photo on television over the weekend,” according to the transcript.
Christine Blasey Ford made the first allegation against Kavanaugh, but since then three more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. Deborah Ramirez alleges that in college Kavanaugh exposed himself and forced her to touch his genitals.
Wednesday morning the name of a third woman with allegations against Kavanaugh became public. Julie Swetnick alleged in a signed statement that Kavanaugh and Judge frequented parties where men spiked drinks and gang-raped passed out women. Swetnick was raped at one such party but did not directly accuse Kavanaugh.
The Judiciary Committee is also reportedly investigating a fourth allegation that Kavanaugh aggressively and sexually pushed a woman up against a wall at a bar in 1998.
According to The Hill, Senators say they’ve received claims of multiple alleged incidents, ranging in credibility and brought to their staffs’ attention.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters that “people call with rumors.”
“Some of these are completely incredible and the staff dismisses it,” he said. “I asked the same thing [about the Ramirez allegation], ‘why didn’t you tell me this,’ they said ‘do you know how many calls we get.'”
Sen. Chuck Grassley told reporters on Wednesday that the Judiciary Committee looks into any allegation about Kavanugh, as long as they can find the accuser or lawyer’s name.
“All I can tell you is we’re handling it exactly like we’ve handled every newspaper report or everybody contacting our office or anonymous even, if we can get the name and or the lawyer we’ve followed up with the usual staff interrogation,” Grassley said, when asked about the allegations released by the third accuser’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti.