Brett Kavanaugh is being investigated for a new sexual assault allegation that dates back to his freshman year at Yale University. The New Yorker reports that two Senate Democrats have launched a probe into the accusation.
“This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” said the Democratic Senator for Hawaii, Mazie Hirono.
The accuser’s name is Debbie Hernandez, 53. She claims that Kavanaugh exposed his private parts to her at a party and that she “touched it without her consent” as she tried to get away from him. According to the New Yorker, Ramirez was reluctant to tell her story because she was drinking at the party and was concerned that her recall of the incident was not completely clear. She has since consulted with her lawyer and now feels more secure that the incident happened the way she remembers it.
Brett Kavanaugh has issued a statement in which he denies the allegations.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” the statement reads. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.”
The White House has maintained its support of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. A spokesperson for The White House, Kerri Kupec, echoed Kavanaugh’s assertion that this new accusation was part of a smear campaign.
“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,” she said. “The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.”
The news of Ramirez’s sexual assault allegation comes on the heels of news that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to testify against Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ford claims that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothing while they were at a high-school party in 1982. Her accusations threaten to derail Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court in the United States, a process that Senate Republicans have tried to hasten, the New Yorker reports.
According to USA Today, Ford’s is scheduled to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.
Her claims seem to have rattled President Donald Trump. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Trump launched an attack against her via Twitter.
Trump insisted that if the sexual assault was really that bad then Ford would have reported them to the police when they happened.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local law enforcement authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump tweeted, as reported by the Independent. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time and place.”
Trump’s tweet prompted women to start tweeting about their unreported sexual assaults using the hashtag “#WhyIDidntReport.”