Kavanaugh just gave a bizarre, uncomfortable denial of his sex assault allegations in Fox News interview

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh used the “incel” defense today as he tried to respond to the latest barrage of allegations of sexual misbehavior that surfaced over the weekend. Appearing on—where else?—Fox News, he told host Martha MacCallum:

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“I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. 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.”

MacCallum followed up with a direct question:

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“Through all these years that were in question, you were a virgin?” she asked. 

“That’s correct,” Kavanaugh replied, adding that he did not actually have sex until “many years after” university.

While this is not the first time that the nominee has denied committing sexual assault, it’s the first time that Kavanaugh has shared any details of the timing of his loss of virginity.

Of course, neither Dr. Christine Blasey Ford nor Deborah Ramirez, his first and second accusers respectively, allege that he actually had sexual intercourse with either of them—and one can commit sexual assault without losing one’s technical virginity—so Kavanaugh’s assertion of chastity until well into his 20’s does nothing to disprove the claims that the two women have made.

While Dr. Ford’s allegations will remain a matter of “he said, she said” until Mark Judge, the man who Dr. Ford says was in the room when the alleged assault took place, is subpoenaed to testify under oath about what happened that night, Deborah Ramirez’s assault had multiple witnesses some of whom corroborated her story.

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According to the deeply reported article by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer that The New Yorker published last night, Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself and thrust his penis in the face of a drunken woman at a college dorm party, forcing her to touch it in the process.

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Her account of the incident was confirmed by a classmate who said that “he is ‘one-hundred-per-cent sure’ that he was told at the time that Kavanaugh was the student who exposed himself to Ramirez. He independently recalled many of the same details offered by Ramirez, including that a male student had encouraged Kavanaugh as he exposed himself.”

Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who came to prominence through his vociferous and aggressive defense of Trump paramour Stormy Daniels, announced that he’d be releasing evidence involving a third  woman allegedly assaulted by the nominee and tweeted out a list of questions that he had forwarded to an official at the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask Kavanaugh which indicated that he believed the judge to have been associated with a group of students involved in getting underage girls drunk and gang-raping them.

Avenatti also pointed to an entry in Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook.

If Avenatti’s addition to the widening scandal was not enough, investigators in Montgomery County, Maryland confirmed today they’re aware of a potential fourth sexual assault complaint against the former Georgetown Prep student, saying that an anonymous witness voluntarily came forward this weekend about further misbehavior by Kavanaugh during senior year in the high school.

Despite the increasingly believable evidence that Kavanaugh is not the chaste choirboy he has tried to make himself out to be—including a Yale classmate who described him as  “relatively shy” until he drank when he could become “aggressive and even belligerent”—he is still refusing to withdraw his name from nomination.

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Sitting with his wife during the Fox News interview, Kavanaugh said: “I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process,” putting on a brave face after a disastrous weekend of unwanted revelations.

With new developments in the story coming fast and furiously, it remains to be seen whether Kavanaugh’s description of himself as a celibate in his 20’s, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, will hold water or help his cause. It only takes one former girlfriend to come forward to refute his claims. Who’s taking bets?

You can watch Brett Kavanaugh make his virginity claim on Fox News in the clip below.

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Original reporting by Emily Birnbaum in The Hill, by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer in The New Yorker, and by Brian Karem in The Montgomery County Sentinel.

Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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