Brett Kavanaugh plans to “categorically and unequivocally” deny sexual assault allegations that have been made in recent weeks when he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
In prepared remarks released Wednesday, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee denies ever having a “sexual or physical encounter of any kind” with Christine Blasey Ford, the first of three women to come forward with claims against Kavanaugh.
Ford, who will also appear at Thursday’s hearing, alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes during a Maryland house party in the early 1980s. She was 15 at the time.
“I am innocent of this charge,” Kavanaugh says.
Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh goes on to say he has “never sexually assaulted anyone —not in high school, not in college, not ever.”
Questions have been raised about Kavanaugh’s drinking habits and social calendar while in high school as he claims he only “drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends.”
Kavanaugh conceded he wasn’t “perfect” in high school, but claimed he spent most of his time “focused on academics, sports, church, and service” in those days and further denied Ford’s accusations.