Brett Kavanaugh Hits Back at Accusers in Fiery Letter: 'I Will Not Be Intimidated Into Withdrawing'
"The last-minute character assassinations will not succeed," he wrote.
In a passionate letter, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote that he would not be "intimidated" by the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct he now faces after a second accuser came forward over the weekend.
Writing Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh addressed both accusers' allegations, saying they "debase our public discourse."
"They are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country," he added. "Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service."
Deborah Ramirez, 53, told The New Yorker in a story published Sunday that while attending Yale University with Kavanaugh in 1983, he "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."
Ramirez admitted that her memory of the incident was a little bit fuzzy, but she remembered Kavanaugh laughing.
"I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants," she told the magazine. "Somebody yelled down the hall, 'Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie's face.'"
Kavanaugh vehemently denied Ramirez's claims in a statement to The New Yorker, saying, "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."
It's the second bombshell accusation against Kavanaugh, who is in the midst of tumultuous confirmation process.
Psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has claimed she was just 15 years old when a stumbling drunk 17-year-old Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school pool party in 1982. Kavanaugh has called that allegation "completely false."
Ford is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to answer questions about her story.
In a letter sent Monday, Kavanaugh further hit at his accusers, calling their allegations "a coordinated effort to destroy my good name."
"The last-minute character assassinations will not succeed," he concluded, adding he looks forward to the committee's questions on Thursday.
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