An unnamed woman has accused SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
The incident reportedly occurred when the two were in high school in the early 1980s, according to a Friday report by The New Yorker.
Where did this come from?
The information was reportedly delivered in a letter initially to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and then to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July — shortly after President Donald Trump chose Kavanaugh as his nominee for Supreme Court Justice — but the information has only become public as a result of this new report.
Feinstein reportedly turned the letter over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Neither Eshoo nor Feinstein took any action concerning the letter nor revealed its contents until this week.
An FBI spokesperson issued a statement Thursday in response to the news.
“Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process,” the statement said.
On Friday, Feinstein — who is ranking member on the Senate Judiciary committee — issued her own statement on the letter, explaining that the woman was adamant in remaining anonymous.
“That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision,” Feinstein said.
What are the details of the allegations?
The letter to Feinstein reportedly revealed that the woman had attended a party with Kavanaugh and others in a Maryland home. According to the report, Kavanaugh reportedly pushed the woman into a bedroom along with another male. The SCOTUS nominee then reportedly proceeded to lock the door, and put on loud music in order to cover up the complainant’s cries for help.
The woman said that Kavanaugh and the male were drunk, and that Kavanaugh attempted to remove her clothing. The letter described moments when Kavanaugh was reportedly on top of the woman while the other male jumped onto Kavanaugh.
The woman said that felt that her life was in danger when, she alleged, Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth.
She was able to free herself and ultimately leave the party in order to go home.
All three parties were minors when the alleged incident reportedly occurred.
The letter does not indicate whether the woman ever reported the alleged incident to law enforcement, but said that she received medical treatment in connection with the alleged assault.
The New Yorker reported that the woman declined to be interviewed about the alleged incident.
What did Kavanaugh say?
In a Friday statement, the Supreme Court nominee denied the woman’s allegations.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement.
Also, the third party who was reportedly involved in the alleged incident has no recollection of the incident ever occurring.
In a statement, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, “Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Sen. Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”
On Friday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released a letter that was signed by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh while in high school.
A portion of the letter read, “Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”