Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale classmate of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has come out and accused the embattled judge of sexual misconduct.
She's the second woman in about a week to have done so.
In an explosive article penned by Ronan Farrow (the reporter who exposed allegedly heinous sex-related crimes by Harvey Weinstein and Les Moonves) and investigative journalist Jane Mayer, Ramirez says Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her during a party their freshman year of college.
The 53-year old admits to having been very drunk at this dorm gathering, but that Kavanaugh “caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away."
She says he then laughed at the incident, which allegedly took place at some point in 1983 or 1984.
Farrow and Mayer write that Ramirez was initially hesitant to come forward due to "gaps in her memory" as a result of the alcohol consumption that night. However...
“After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away."
This is what Ramirez says about what transpired:
"I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married [because] I was raised a devout Catholic in Connecticut... I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.”
Describing her memory of Kavanaugh's act and subequent reaction, Ramirez told the magazine:
“I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.”
The aspiring Supreme Court Justice, who is currently scheduled to testify in from of Senators on Thursday morning in response to an attempted rape allegation by Christine Blasey Ford, has issued the following statement:
This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen.
The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.
I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute allegations.
And then there's this from White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec:
This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man.
This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say.
The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.
Sources say President Donald Trump has no intention on asking Kavanaugh to withdraw his name from consideration, while Senator Diane Feinstein has called for a delay of all hearings and testimonies until the FBI can investigate both allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.
According to The New Yorker article, "Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
"Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote."
A roommate of Kavanaugh’s in college tells the publication that he may not have been present at this Yale party in question -- but that he is "100 percent" sure that Kavanaugh would have done something like this during his time at Yale.
The judge was part of a fraternity (Delta Kappa Epsilon)back then that whose members waved a flag made of women's underwear around campus during his time as a brother.
The Yale Daily News has also noted that Kavanaugh became a member of Truth and Courage, one of Yale’s secret societies for seniors that was nicknamed “Tit and Clit.”
In 2015, referring to his high school, he said in a speech that "what happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep and that’s been a good thing for all of us, I think."
This may not be the case after all, however.
“I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted,” Ramirez told The New Yorker of her claims.
Ford has also encouraged the FBI to look into her allegations against Kavanaugh.
Neither Republican Senators nor President Trump have given the agency a green light to do so, however.