Two women who dated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and who knew him in high school issued statements defending his character in response to an accusation of sexual misconduct.
Maura Fitzgerald, who dated Kavanaugh in college, said she and Kavanaugh have been good friends since high school. "I dated him in college and he was and is nothing like the person who has been described. He always conducted himself honorably with me at all times when we were together. He was always a perfect gentleman, and I vouch for him completely," Fitzgerald wrote.
A girlfriend from high school, Maura Kane, said she has been friends with Kavanaugh for over 30 years. "I’ve been friends with Brett Kavanaugh for over 35 years, and dated him during high school. In every situation where we were together he always respectful, kind, and thoughtful," Kane wrote.
"The accusations leveled against him in no way represent the decent young man I knew," she added. "We remain good friends and I admire him as a husband, father, and professional."
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault while they were in high school. She claims Kavanaugh drunkenly held her down, groped her, and attempted to undress her at a party in the early 1980s.
Ford, a registered Democrat, is being represented by Washington attorney Debra Katz, known for her work with #MeToo accusers, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Katz is a committed "Resistance" member opposed to the Trump administration, she told the University of Wisconsin Law School alumni magazine.
Katz said her client is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee before its vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which is scheduled for Thursday.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation. "This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday."
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity," Kavanaugh continued.
Sixty-five women who say they have known Kavanaugh for over three decades also defended his character in the form of a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, before Ford came forward publicly. "We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect."