Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spoke out during a new interview late on Sept. 24, declaring that he’s never drunk to the point of blacking out and noted that he was a virgin for many years following the time in question. President Donald Trump also reaffirmed his support of Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh’s comments came in the wake of two unsubstantiated claims, which date back to high school in Maryland in 1982, and Yale University in 1983.
Kavanaugh has constantly maintained his innocence, and both women have struggled to present evidence supporting their claims. All witnesses named by the parties have denied the claims.
Ahead of Thursday’s scheduled public hearing, at which Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor whose accusation has delayed the nomination process, are set to testify, Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley Kavanaugh sat down for an interview with Fox News.
Kavanaugh Was a Virgin
Kavanaugh said that he didn’t have sex until well after he arrived at college, which would mean he was a virgin at the times of the alleged assaults.
“We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. 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,” Kavanaugh said.
“And the people I went to high school with, the girls and the boys, now men and women, that I went to high school with, you know, I was good friends with them and we remain good friends.”
Kavanaugh noted that 220 people that personally know him have supported his nomination after the claims emerged, including 75 women who held a press event last week.
Never Blacked Out
Kavanaugh said that while he drank, as many high schoolers do, he never drank to the point of blacking out.
Martha MacCallum asked the judge: “Were there times when perhaps you drank so much–was there ever a time that you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened the night before?”
“No, that never happened,” Kavanaugh replied.
Kavanaugh was also asked whether he ever considered withdrawing his nomination, and said that he wasn’t going to let the accusations deter him.
“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process. And we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend the—my integrity, my life-long record—my life-long record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere.”
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