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Amid allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is setting the record straight in his first televised interview on Martha MacCallum’s The Story on Monday night on Fox News.
Joined by his wife, Ashley, Kavanaugh addressed the allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the early 1980s.
“The truth is, I never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise,” Kavanaugh told MacCallum. “I’m not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford, in some point of her life, was sexually assaulted by someone in some place. But what I know is that I never sexually assaulted anyone.”
In her account, Ford says that during the incident Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, muffled her cries and tried removing her clothes. Despite Kavanaugh denying the accusations, Ford’s attorneys said Saturday she had accepted a Senate committee’s request to tell her side this week, but she wanted to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance.
Responding to Ford’s allegations, Kavanaugh said, “I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect. Listen to the women who’ve known me my whole life.” He also said that he doesn’t recall meeting her, for they “did not travel in the same social circles.”
“I never did any such thing. … If anything had happened It would have been the talk of campus,” Kavanaugh argued.
Adding, “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter. And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”
Amid allegations from Ford, a second accuser also spoke out against Kavanaugh in a story posted on The New Yorker‘s website on Sunday night, written by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. Deborah Ramirez alleged that while attending Yale University with Kavanaugh, he exposed himself at a dorm party where alcohol was present, put his penis in her face and then, as she pushed him away, caused her to touch it without her consent.
Kavanaugh also denied those allegations, arguing that he simply wants a “fair process” where he can “defend” his integrity. “I know I’m telling the truth. I know my lifelong record.” Kavanaugh’s former freshman roommate at Yale sided with Ramirez, claiming that Kavanaugh was “capable” of the actions he’s accused of doing. When asked about the comments, Kavanaugh called them “totally false and outrageous.”
“I think everyone’s judged on their whole life. I’m a good person. I’ve led a good life,” he said. “I am not perfect … but I’ve never, never done anything like this.”
Neither Ramirez nor Ford accused him of sexual intercourse.
Kavanaugh’s wife also addressed the allegations, describing them as “hard to believe.”
“This process is incredibly difficult. Harder than we imagined and we imagined it would be hard. At the end of the day our faith is strong and we know we’re on the right path,” Ashley said. “I’ve known him for 17 years, and this is not at all — it’s really hard to believe. He’s decent. He’s kind. He’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett.”
Kavanaugh has also found support from President Donald Trump who called the allegations “totally political.” Kavanaugh admitted that he received a phone call from Trump prior to his interview: “I know he’s going to stand by me. He called me this afternoon saying he’ll stand by me.”
Though facing controversy and Hollywood stars rallying for a Time’s Up walkout in support of Ford and Ramirez, Kavanaugh assured MacCallum that he was not dropping out of the race.
“I’m not going to let false accusations drive out us out of this process,” he said. “We’re looking for a fair process where I could be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere.
“I have faith in God and faith in the fairness of American people. America is about fairness and hearing from both sides. I didn’t do this or anything resembling this. This is wrong.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 24, 2018
“The truth is, I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.” —Brett Kavanaugh
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 24, 2018
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