Just as the allegations leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Ford appear to be crumbling, a report by Ronan Farrow published in the New Yorker says that a second accuser has come forward with a tawdry tale from her years at Yale with the Supreme Court nominee.
According to the New Yorker, Senate Democrats are investigating a claim from Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale and involves one Deborah Ramirez, who is now 53 years of age. Ramirez said she was initially hesitant to speak out because she was drunk at the time and her memory had gaps — just like Ford. She finally decided to go public after spending six days “carefully assessing her memories” and consulting with her attorney.
The New Yorker account adds:
Ramirez said that, when both she and Kavanaugh were freshmen at Yale, she was invited by a friend on the women’s soccer team to a dorm-room party. She recalled that the party took place in a suite at Lawrance Hall, in the part of Yale known as the Old Campus, and that a small group of students decided to play a drinking game together. “We were sitting in a circle,” she said. “People would pick who drank.” Ramirez was chosen repeatedly, she said, and quickly became inebriated. At one point, she said, a male student pointed a gag plastic penis in her direction. Later, she said, she was on the floor, foggy and slurring her words as that male student and another stood nearby. (Ramirez identified the two male onlookers, but, at her request, The New Yorker is not naming them.)
A third male student then exposed himself to her. “I remember a penis being in front of my face,” she said. “I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.” She recalled remarking, “That’s not a real penis,” and the other students laughing at her confusion and taunting her, one encouraging her to “kiss it.” She said that she pushed the person away, touching it in the process. Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic in Connecticut, said that she was shaken. “I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,” she said. “I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.” She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. “Brett was laughing,” she said. “I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.” She recalled another male student shouting about the incident. “Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face,’ ” she said. “It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’ And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.”
The New Yorker said it reached out to “dozens” of Kavanaugh’s classmates, noting that “many did not respond to interview requests; others declined to comment, or said they did not attend or remember the party.”
“The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party,” the report adds.
Cassandra Fairbanks further noted that “Ramirez admits that her memory is very foggy from drinking heavily.”
One of the people Ramirez has accused of egging on Kavanaugh said that they had no memory of the party.
“I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter,” the accused said.
Two of the male classmates who Ramirez alleged were involved the incident, the wife of a third male student she said was involved, and three other classmates all signed a statement to the New Yorker denying the incident took place.
“This is a woman I was best friends with. We shared intimate details of our lives. And I was never told this story by her, or by anyone else. It never came up. I didn’t see it; I never heard of it happening,” said a former friend who was married to the male classmate alleged to be involved in the incident, and who signed the statement.
Ramirez, by the way, is a registered Democrat who “works toward human rights, social justice, and social change.”
And like Ford, Ramirez is demanding an FBI investigation.
“I do believe an F.B.I. investigation of this kind of character-related information would be appropriate, and would be an effective way to relay the information to the committee,” said Stanley Garnett, a former Democratic district attorney in Boulder now representing Ramirez.
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