Second woman accuses Trump’s Supreme Court pick of sexual assault
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The claim made by Deborah Ramirez dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University.
Ramirez, 53, told the New Yorker magazine on Sunday that the judge had once exposed himself to her at a drunken dormitory party and forced her to touch his genitals.
“I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted,” she told the New Yorker after carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney for six days.
The alleged assault affected her in a way that Ramirez would go on to spend years working for an organization that supported victims of domestic violence.
The allegation by Ramirez is expected to further complicate Kavanaugh’s situation, as he is already facing similar accusations from another woman named Christine Blasey Ford.
The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed the vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation after Ford disclosed last week that the judge had sexually assaulted her during a violent encounter at another drunken party back in the 1980s.
During his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh swore under oath that he had never “committed any verbal or physical harassment or assault of a sexual nature” as a legal adult.
He has firmly denied claims by both Ford and Ramirez, expressing his readiness to testify before the Senate panel.
In response to Ramirez, Kavanaugh said Sunday night that he was the target of a smear campaign merely for political reasons.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple,” he said.
“look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name—and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building—against these last-minute allegations,” he added.
The White House has also denied the claims against the judge, saying it would keep supporting Kavanaugh.
“This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said.
Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, who represents adult actress Stormey Daniels in a controversial legal case against Trump, has said that he knows a third woman who can testify against Kavanaugh.
Democrats say the allegations are enough to postpone the vote until the FBI gets to the bottom of the issue.