There are no confirmed eyewitnesses to Deborah Ramirez’ alleged sexual assault by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The New Yorker reported on Sunday, Sept. 23.
“The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party. The magazine contacted several dozen classmates of Ramirez and Kavanaugh regarding the incident. Many did not respond to interview requests; others declined to comment, or said they did not attend or remember the party,” the magazine wrote.
Ramirez has accused Judge Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party when the two were freshmen at Yale University in 1983, some 35 years ago.
According to The New Yorker, Ramirez “remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
However, a woman who claimed to be Ramirez’ former best friend at Yale said Ramirez never mentioned the incident to her.
“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,” the woman said.
She and five other classmates who claimed to be “the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale,” including Dino Ewing, Louisa Gary and Dan Murphy, signed a statement denying that the incident took place.
“We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale,” they said. “He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place. Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale. We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it – and we did not.”
The classmates also said the behavior would be “completely out of character” for Judge Kavanaugh.
One of the male classmates who Ramirez alleged was present during the incident said, “I have zero recollection.”
Another classmate who Ramirez said was present “denied any memory of the party.”
“I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter,” he said.
One student who was not present at the party said another student “told him about the incident” later. That other student is not named in the article and it is not clear whether the first student remembers exactly who told him the story.
“The classmate said that he is ‘one-hundred-per-cent sure’ that he was told at the time that Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself to Ramirez,” The New Yorker reported.
Another classmate, Richard Oh, said he “recalled overhearing, soon after the party, a female student tearfully recounting to another student an incident at a party involving a gag with a fake penis, followed by a male student exposing himself.”
However, Oh was “not certain of the identity of the female student,” according to The New Yorker.
Judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation in a statement and called it a “smear.”
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” he said. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.”
A representative from the White House backed up Judge Kavanaugh’s denial.
“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said Kerri Kupec.
Ramirez’ allegation follows on the heels of the Sept. 16 sexual assault accusation by California psychology Prof. Christine Blasey Ford, who said Judge Kavanaugh groped her at a party when the two were in high school some 36 years ago.
Ford is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday, Sept. 27.
In response to the new allegation, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Norah O’Donnell on CBS This Morning that the allegations by the two women were “starting to feel like a vast left-wing conspiracy.”