Reports: Peninsula woman claims Kavanaugh held her down

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 4. AP photo.

From staff and wire reports

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh yesterday (Sept. 14) denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from a Peninsula woman, seeking to avoid a threat to his confirmation as new details emerged and several senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

The woman has been identified by Politico as a Stanford professor, but her name has not been revealed publicly.

The New Yorker magazine reported yesterday that the alleged incident took place in the early 1980s at a party when Kavanaugh, now 53, was attending Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and the girl was attending a nearby high school.

According to the New York Times, Kavanaugh and a classmate of his had been drinking when they allegedly took the teenage girl into a bedroom. The door was locked, the music was turned up and the girl was thrown on the bed, according to the letter. Kavanaugh allegedly put a hand over the girl’s mouth, held her down and attempted to force himself on her.

The girl was able to free herself but considered the incident an assault. The other teenage boy involved was identified as Mark Judge, who denied the incident.

Judge told the New York Times that he “never saw anything like what was described” and said it didn’t match Kavanaugh’s character.

The woman sent the letter about the allegation to Democratic Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto, and the letter was sent to the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein was preparing to lead Democratic questioning of Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

The New Yorker reported that the woman contacted Feinstein’s office directly, but after interacting with Eshoo’s and Feinstein’s offices, she decided not to speak about the matter publicly.

Watching Kavanaugh move toward a likely confirmation, she decided to end her effort to come forward, according to the New Yorker.

For several days, Feinstein declined requests for the woman’s letter from other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, the New Yorker reported.

Feinstein’s staff initially told other Democratic members’ offices that the incident took place too long ago to be brought up in public, and that Feinstein had “taken care of it.”

On Wednesday, Feinstein agreed to brief the other Democrats on the committee with no staff present, according to the New Yorker. On Thursday, she announced she had referred the issue to the FBI, where it was included as part of Kavanaugh’s background file. Senate Republicans insist Kavanaugh’s confirmation remains on track. But the letter has inflamed an intense battle over President Trump’s nominee.


  1. I believe the accuser. It makes sense that she decided to come forward after seeing this guy about to be elevated to the Supreme Court. Sixty-five other women signing a letter that Kavanaugh never treated them this way does not prove that he didn’t treat the accuser this way. Even if this happened a long time ago and alcohol was involved, it was criminal and extremely creepy.

  2. I’d be more likely to believe this woman if she put her name to these allegations and answered questions about what happened nearly 40 years ago. I’m a lifelong Democrat but I’m embarrassed my party is stooping to an anonymous, last minute attack like this.

  3. Why did Feinstein and Eshoo hold on to this complaint for so long? Reports say that Eshoo received the letter over the summer, and gave it to Feinstein. Yet Feinstein, who personally met with Kavanaugh and had two opportunities to question him during his Senate Judiciary confirmation hearings, never brought it up. Had it been brought up earlier, the allegations could have been investigated to see if they were substantiated. Waiting like this, just before the final Senate vote, seems suspicious.

  4. They held on to the complaint so they could reopen the hearings right before the midterms. The woman will shed her anonymity and deliver a tearful speech. It will be high drama. Just like Anita Hill. There might even be a Coke can with a pubic hair on it. Right out of the Democratic playbook.

  5. It ought to be good enough for the senators to pass this letter around amongst themselves to protect this victim’s privacy. Then they can vote. No need to destroy this woman publicly. People should be allowed to give their concerns privately and not have to worry about the ugly, vicious attacks that would follow public testimony. We elect Senators to represent us, so we don’t need to micromanage them by insisting that everything they learn in confidence has to be revealed on TV.

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