Ms. Deborah Ramirez's claims against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh about an incident that happened while the two were at Yale University has been echoed in a previously unreported allegation about Kavanaugh shared by another Yale classmate.
Dr Christine Blasey Ford says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school
New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly have written a book regarding the allegations against the current Supreme Court justice, titled “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.” An essay from the book was published by the Times on Saturday.
Ramirez, who grew up in Shelton, claimed that Kavanugh pulled down his pants and thrust his penis at her at a party during her freshman year, according to the Times. When that happened, the Times reported, Ramirez tried to swat him away and inadvertently touched his penis.
The essay also mentions the allegations brought against Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who went to a Washington-area high school near his. During their 10-month investigation, Pogrebin and Kelly wrote in the essay that although they found Ford’s allegations to be credible, Ramirez’s story was more fully corroborated.
During his Senate testimony, Kavanaught said if the incident described by Ramirez happened, it would’ve been the talk of the campus. Pogrebin and Kelly said their investigation suggested that it had been.
“At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge,” the essay states. “Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time.”
Poerebin and Kelly said they also uncovered a previously unreported story about Kavanaugh from his freshman year that “echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation.”
According to the essay, a classmate named Max Stier saw Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. He alleged that he told senators and the FBI, but the FBI never investigated the claim. Although the NYT reporters said they did not communicate directly with Stier, they spoke with two officials who have communicated with him to corroborate the claim.
The reporters said in the essay that Kavanaugh did not speak to them because “we could not agree on terms for an interview.” Still, the reporters made it clear that Kavanaugh has denied the allegations brought against him by Ford and Ramirez. The reporters said he declined to answer questions about Stier’s claims.
Ramirez was never asked to testify at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
“Her efforts to backstop her recollections with friends would later be cited as evidence that her memory was unreliable or that she was trying to construct a story rather than confirm one,” the essay states.
Ramirez’s legal team apparently gave the FBI a list of at least 25 people who might have had corroborating evidence for her allegations. But, despite many of those potential witnesses trying unsuccessfully to reach the FBI on their own, none of them were interviewed.
According to the essay, two FBI agents interview Ramirez and told her they found her to be “credible.”
During her time at Yale, Ramirez told the reporters she felt she never properly fit in with her classmates. But after her allegations against Kavanaugh were brought to light, the Yale community’s support for her came rushing in.
More than 3,000 Yale women signed an open letter to her, praising her courage for coming forward with her allegations. Two days latter, more than 1,500 Yale men issued a similar letter.
Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice on Oct. 6, 2018. The vote was 50-48.