A Bay Area woman accused Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of holding her down and attempting to force himself on her at a decades-old party when they were both in high school, according to a new report Friday.
The allegations, which Kavanaugh has denied, were detailed in a secret a letter sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein that the California senator never made public. They came to light Friday in a story in The New Yorker by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, the journalist who’s reporting on sexual harassment has led to the downfall of titans of media and film such as Harvey Weinstein and CBS News’ Les Moonves.
According to The New Yorker, the letter from the woman claims Kavanaugh put his hand on her mouth while trying to “force himself on her,” and accuses him and a classmate of turning up the music at the party to drown out her complaints. The woman freed herself, but has felt ongoing distress from the episode, the letter said.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement provided by the White House. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Kavanaugh’s classmate told The New Yorker that “I have no recollection of that,” and the woman denied an interview request.
The woman originally sent the letter to Palo Alto Democrat Anna Eshoo, her congresswoman, and the letter was given to Feinstein earlier this summer, but the woman ultimately decided not to go public. Feinstein’s office told other Democratic senators that the incident was too old to merit public discussion, The New Yorker reported.
In a cryptic statement that caused in uproar on Capitol Hill, Feinstein said Thursday that she had received information about Kavanaugh’s nomination from an individual who did not want to come forward, and that she had referred the information to federal investigative authorities. The FBI said they had received the information and added it to Kavanaugh’s background file but were not launching an investigation.
Eshoo spokeswoman Emma Crisci said she cannot comment on the letter due to the office’s confidentiality policy for constituent casework.
Check back for details on this developing story.
Source:: The Mercury News – Politics