‘This is Just Completely Made Up’: Kavanaugh Defends Himself Against 5th Allegation of Sexual Misconduct

Monica Sanchez | September 26, 2018
Font Size

In a transcript of a call with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh defended himself against yet another accusation of sexual misconduct.

The new allegation, the fifth accusation made against the Supreme Court nominee, alleges Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge sexually assaulted a woman on a boat in Newport, Rhode Island, in August of 1985.

The Hill reports,

Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's (R.I.) office received a phone call on Tuesday morning ‘making allegations concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985,’ according to transcripts of a call between committee staff and Kavanaugh released on Wednesday.

The allegation, given to Whitehouse's staff and read on the call with Kavanaugh, claims that in August 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 strongly denied the allegation on the Tuesday call with Judiciary Committee staffers and called it ‘completely made up.’

The woman’s identity has not been made public.

Kavanaugh said during the call that he was not in Newport in August of 1985, has not been on a boat in Newport, and has not been with his friend Judge on a boat.

"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,” he said, according to the transcript. “This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don't know what they're referring to.”

The call also addressed the fourth allegation against Kavanaugh which made headlines on Wednesday. In an anonymous letter sent to Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), the author claims that she was a witness to Kavanaugh physically assaulting a woman in an aggressive and sexual manner while leaving a bar in Washington, D.C., in 1998. She says that there were at least four other witnesses to the incident, including the author's daughter.

The letter claims, "They were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually. There were at least four witnesses, including my daughter. Her friend, still traumatized, called my daughter yesterday, September 21, 2018, wondering what to do about it. They decided to remain anonymous."

Neither the author's nor the alleged victim’s identity have been made public.  

Kavanaugh called the fourth allegation "ridiculous" and "total twilight zone." 

When asked if the events described in the letter occurred, Kavanaugh replied, "No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend."

"It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone. And no, I've never done anything like that," he told the committee staff.

Kavanaugh has denied all five allegations and has sworn under oath that he has never sexually assaulted anyone.