Will Racke, DCNF
A former classmate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s is vehemently denying allegations that the Supreme Court nominee attempted to force himself onto a young woman during a party in high school.
Mark Judge, who attended Maryland’s Georgetown Preparatory Academy with Kavanaugh in the 1980s, told The Weekly Standard on Friday that the assault allegations were “just absolutely nuts.”
“I never saw Brett act that way,” Judge said.
Details of the alleged assault were first reported Friday morning by the New Yorker, which published the account of an unnamed woman who said Kavanaugh and a male classmate accosted her at a party. The woman alleged that Kavanaugh held her down and covered her mouth while the classmate turned up music in the room to conceal the sound of her protests.
The New Yorker story did not identify the classmate by name, but Judge confirmed to The Weekly Standard that he was the Kavanaugh associate the accuser named. Judge said he had no idea he was named in the allegation until the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow interviewed him about it.
“[Ronan Farrow] said: As you know, you’re named in the letter. And I did not know,” he told the Weekly Standard.
Judge went on to say the New Yorker refused to tell him the name of the woman who had made the allegation or any details about where and when the assault may have occurred. The unnamed woman has declined to give interviews with other media outlets.
Months before speaking with the New Yorker, the anonymous accuser sent a letter describing the alleged incident to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has also been in possession of the allegations since July.
Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, did not raise the allegation during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing earlier this month. Nor did the matter come up during a closed session where sensitive information was discussed, according to a Judiciary Committee spokesperson.
Feinstein said Thursday that she had forwarded allegations concerning Kavanaugh to the FBI. The referral did not trigger a criminal inquiry, but the FBI provided the information to the White House for placement in Kavanaugh’s background check file, USA Today reported.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations against him in a written statement released by the White House on Friday,
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” he said. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
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