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Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Assault Allegations: ‘I Never Did Any Such Thing’

Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday denied the sexual misconduct allegations that have been waged against him over the last week.

Kavanaugh was interviewed for Fox News' "The Story" alongside his wife, Ashley, to discuss the sexual misconduct allegations against him, prompting him to push back and defend his name.

Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer reported in The New Yorker Sunday that Deborah Ramirez was accusing Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a dorm party during his freshmen year at Yale. In the piece, she is quoted talking about how Kavanaugh thrust his penis into her face at the party, causing her to inadvertently touch it as she pushed him away. Kavanaugh denied the accusation and called it a smear following the report's publication, and Monday he made a full statement in which he called it "obvious character assassination."

Host Martha MacCallum asked Kavanaugh whether he believes Ramirez to be credible, despite the piece saying she was initially unsure about pointing her finger at the nominee until after she consulted her memory and attorney. Six days later, she said that she was confident he was there and that she could tell her story.

"I never did any such thing, never did any such thing. The other people alleged to be there don't recall any such thing. If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus," Kavanaugh said. "The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college says it's inconceivable that I could have done such a thing."

Kavanaugh went on to say he is looking for a "fair process" where he can defend his liberty and his family's integrity.

MacCallum followed up by asking him about another allegation being waged against him by Stormy Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti, who says he has "significant evidence" Kavanaugh and his high school friend, Mark Judge, and others would have house parties where they would target women with alcohol and drugs to "subsequently gang rape them."

"Did you ever participate in or were you ever aware of any gang rape that happened at a party you attended?" MacCallum asked.

"That is totally false and outrageous, never done any such thing, known about any such thing," Kavanaugh said. "When I was in high school, and I went to an all-boy's Catholic high school, a Jesuit high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship."

Kavanaugh admitted that there were parties at his high school and that some people drank too much, but he said that these weren't the accusations waged against him.

"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. And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends," Kavanaugh said, prompting MacCallum to clarify whether he is saying he was a "virgin" during the years in high school.

"That's correct," Kavanaugh said. "Many years after [college]. Many years after. I'll leave it at that. 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. I was good friends with them, and we remain good friends. That's how 65 people on a moment's notice, 65 women, that's 220 people total, men and women, who knew me in high school [signed statements vouching for my character]."

Earlier in the interview, Kavanaugh also denied the accusation from Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology at Palo Alto University in California, who accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed, groping her, and trying to stifle her screams at a high school party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, as has his former classmate Mark Judge, who Ford claims was also in the room at the time of the alleged incident. Two other people who Ford alleges were at the party in question have also denied any knowledge of the party or sexual assault.