Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel jokes that Judge Brett Kavanaugh should have his penis cut off if he's confirmed to the Supreme Court. (Image source: ABC video screenshot)
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Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has suggested that if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Kavanaugh — who stands accused of sexual misconduct that reportedly occurred in the '80s — should have his penis cut off.
Yes, that's correct: The very same Kimmel ,who was once lauded by television networks and magazines as "America's conscience" and a "moral compass" and who refused to condemn Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, thinks it's OK to joke about castrating a could-be Supreme Court justice.
What did Kimmel say?
During his Monday night monologue, Kimmel addressed Christine Blasey's Ford accusations of sexual misconduct against the high court nominee.
"Hear me out on this," Kimmel said. "So Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court, OK? Well, in return, we get to cut that pesky penis of his off in front of everyone."
When the audience laughed in response to his joke, he responded, "No? That's not good?"
The late-night show host previously mocked the Supreme Court nominee for a Monday interview in which Kavanaugh admitted to being a virgin until "many years after" after college in defending himself from Ford's accusations.
"I've never sexually assaulted anyone," Kavanaugh told Fox News' Martha MacCallum during the interview. "I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter ... The girls from the schools I went to, and I, were friends."
"Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?" MacCallum asked.
Kavanaugh responded in the affirmative, noting that he only lost his virginity "many years after" college.
“Thank you for admitting that," Kimmel quipped after playing footage of Kavanaugh's interview. “[Kavanaugh] was a virgin until many years after. So if he doesn't get to be on the Supreme Court, maybe he'll be 'The Bachelor.'"
What's the background on these allegations?
Ford conveyed the information in a letter to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in July, shortly after Trump named Kavanaugh as a nominee for Supreme Court justice. Feinstein — the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee — eventually turned the letter over to the FBI.
According to Ford, she attended a house party with Kavanaugh and other teens in 1982. Ford wrote that Kavanaugh and a male friend pushed her into a bedroom. Kavanaugh then allegedly locked the door, put on loud music to muffle sound, and reportedly attempted to remove Ford's clothing.
Ford said that Kavanaugh and his male companion, who were reportedly drunk, laughed. Ford also said that Kavanaugh placed his hand over her mouth to stifle her cries. She later said that she thought he might inadvertently kill her during the alleged incident.
Kavanaugh flatly denied Ford's allegations: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."
Kavanaugh has said that he is willing to testify again in front of the committee in response to the allegations.
“I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday," Kavanaugh said last week.
A second woman also came forward and accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party at Yale. Kavanaugh also denied these allegations, and no other witnesses have come forward to corroborate the story at the time of this writing.
Also, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, has claimed that he has unspecified incriminating evidence about Kavanaugh.
Ford is set to testify Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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