Kavanaugh questioned about anonymous letter from Oceanside woman
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The day before last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legislative staffers questioned him privately about an anonymous letter purportedly from an Oceanside woman saying Kavanaugh and a friend raped her, it was reported Tuesday.
The hand-written letter was sent to the downtown San Diego office of California Sen. Kamala Harris two weeks ago.
Staffers read the two-and-a-half page letter to Kavanaugh and questioned him about it at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, according to a transcript of the 21-minute telephone interview released on Monday.
The letter was signed “Jane Doe, Oceanside, California.”
Kavanaugh denied the allegation, insisting that he never sexually assaulted anyone in a car or elsewhere, according to a transcript of the interview.
“The whole thing is ridiculous,” Kavanaugh told his interviewers. “Nothing ever — anything like that, nothing. I mean that’s — the whole thing is just a crock, farce, wrong, didn’t happen, not anything close.”
The Oceanside letter is undated and did not include details about where or when the alleged assault occurred.
“Kavanaugh kissed me forcefully. I told him I only wanted a ride home,” the author wrote. “Kavanaugh continued to grope me over my clothes, forcing his kisses on me and putting his hand under my sweater. `No,’ I yelled at him.”
The transcript makes reference to the Oceanside woman being the sorce of the sixth allegation against Kavanaugh late in the proceedings, according to the Union-Tribune.
The latest accuser wrote that Kavanaugh continued to grope her despite her pleas for him to stop. At the same time, the boy in the back seat covered her mouth so she could not scream.
The woman wrote that she is a teacher who was afraid to come forward because of the potential impact to her and her family.
“Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn’t want to personally come forward, does not mean something can’t be true,” she wrote.
In the letter, she wrote that she had been attending a party with a friend who left with a different boy, leaving her to find her own way home. She acknowledged that she had been drinking at the gathering.
The letter was marked “urgent” across the envelope and came with no return address, Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams told the newspaper.
Kavanaugh told his interviewers he did not object to the public release of the transcript.