New details into U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct were revealed in a Friday report by the New Yorker.
A woman who hasn’t been identified and refused an interview request from the New Yorker alleged Kavanaugh and another classmate from Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, held her down and forced themselves on her.
“In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her,” reads the New Yorker report. “She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself.”
The report brings clarity to speculation about Kavanaugh’s past after the Intercept reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had withheld a key constituent letter regarding Kavanaugh’s past from fellow Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Feinstein released a statement on Thursday confirming the existence of the letter, noting she had turned it over to federal investigators. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said in the statement. “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
Speculation over the contents of the letter continued when the New York Daily News reported that the letter was from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when the two were in high school.
The allegations were not public knowledge last week