WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will tell a panel he is innocent of a charge of sexual misconduct leveled against him by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford, according to prepared testimony.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge,” Kavanaugh said in the testimony.
Both Kavanaugh and Ford have agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Republicans retained former Maricopa County, Ariz. sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question both witnesses.
Ford’s allegation dates back to a high school party in the early 1980s when Kavanaugh was a student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.
Kavanaugh has been hit with a second allegation of sexual misconduct brought by former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez. Ramirez told the New Yorker in an article published Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at an on-campus party during the 1983-84 school year — when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen.
Today attorney Michael Avenatti released an affidavit related to a third allegation of sexual misconduct.
Julie Swetnick, 55, said she attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland in the 1980s and knew Kavanaugh at that time, according to the affidavit. Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh at several parties and witnessed him engage in sexually aggressive behavior toward women. Swetnick said Kavanaugh was present at a party in which she was drugged and gang-raped, according to the affidavit.
Swetnick did not accuse Kavanaugh of being involved in the rape.
She did, however, say she recalls Kavanaugh waiting in line outside a bedroom where a girl who had been given alcohol or drugs was gang-raped.
Kavanaugh has denied the three women’s allegations.
Following the release of the affidavit, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Kavanaugh to withdraw.
“I strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. “If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations.”