First it was three allegations of sexual assault. Then, on Sunday, media were alerted to an altercation at a Connecticut bar involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 1985.
Though the incident happened more than three decades ago, the allegation helped anti-Kavanaugh factions paint him as an alcoholic who lacks the judicial temperament appropriate for a lifetime appointment to the high court.
Then journalists received a copy of the police report detailing what actually happened at that New Haven bar in 1985.
What are the details?
Chad Ludington, who attended Yale University with Kavanaugh and now works as a history professor at North Carolina State University, released a statement Sunday accusing Kavanaugh of being dishonest about his past with alcohol.
Ludington claimed Kavanaugh became "often belligerent and aggressive" when he drank. Then Ludington said: "On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man’s face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail."
It was that claim that drew attention from journalists. On Monday, the New York Times obtained the police report detailing the incident, which occurred in September 1985, when Kavanaugh was a junior at Yale.
What did the police report say?
The police report does not state that Kavanaugh initiated a fight, was engaged in a fight, or threw beer during a bar altercation. Instead, the police report shows that Kavanaugh and four others were questioned by police — but not arrested.
In fact, regarding Kavanaugh, the police report shows that a 21-year-old man alleged to police that Kavanaugh threw ice on him "for some unknown reason."
According to the police report, Chris Dudley, one of Kavanaugh's friends, threw a glass at a man, hitting him in the ear, which caused his right ear to bleed. That man was treated for his injuries at the local hospital. The report shows that Dudley denied being involved, as did Kavanaugh.
There is no indication that police filed charges or arrested anyone.
How did the White House respond?
The White House did not offer an official response to the story. However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeting from her official account, characterized the story as another desperate attack by Democrats on Kavanaugh.
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