'I've Never Sexually Assaulted Anyone'

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"We are aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties in the Washington, D.C., area during the 1980s" during which Kavanaugh and others "would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a "train" of men to subsequently gang rape them", Avenatti wrote. "Innocent until proven guilty is how we do this in America". Sitting beside his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh - her first appearance since the allegations surfaced - the judge was given free rein to deny accusations that have now been leveled against him by two named women in addition to a third whose identity and detailed claims still remain elusive.

Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled U.S. supreme court nominee who is fighting to defend himself against mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, has gone on the media offensive, insisting in a TV interview that "I have never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise".

Kavanaugh has denied her accusation.

Kavanaugh has denied her allegations that he assaulted her at a party when they were in high school.

The Post reported Sunday that Keyser said in a brief interview at her home that she still believes Ford, even if she doesn't remember the party. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

"Yet again, Senate Democrats actively withheld information from the rest of the Committee only to drop information at politically opportune moments", Grassley said in a statement. About 200 people gathered in front of the Supreme Court building, chanting "I believe Christine Ford".

US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit by a second accusation of sexual misconduct on Sunday.

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The White House is approaching Ms Ford's potential testimony with trepidation, nervous that an emotional performance might not just damage Mr Kavanaugh's chances but could further energise female voters to turn out against Republicans in November.

The effort came after a week of right-wing criticism of Ford and disbelief of her account. Kavanaugh may drop out himself, while his nomination could also be pulled by the White House or not accepted by the nomination committee. "The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so", Kavanaugh said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., angrily accused Democrats of slinging "all the mud they could manufacture".

The lawyers for Ford want the committee to hear from other witnesses, including a person who conducted a polygraph of Ford earlier this year, the person familiar with the talks said. "I hope she comes".

Besides the new allegation from Kavanaugh's college years, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, has claimed to be representing another accuser from the judge's high school years. "This is a very dynamic situation". He declined to provide more details.

"I am with him all the way", Mr Trump said, calling the allegations politically motivated.

Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the U.N. General Assembly. The women making the allegations, Trump said, "were coming out of the woodwork and, he said, "in my opinion totally political".

Grassley wrote that when Ford's allegations were publicly reported by The Washington Post on September 16, he went to work investigating them with his committee resources "by contacting and interviewing everyone whom the article indicates was present at the gathering in question".

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"Everything is an excuse for delay, no matter how unsubstantiated", Hatch said.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process".

Republicans stepped up their attempts to discredit Ford's story.

Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS that the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh sound like "a vast left-wing conspiracy", using rhetoric that echoed Hillary Clinton's 1998 description of allegations that her husband, President Bill Clinton, had had affairs.

CNN has not independently confirmed The New Yorker's reporting.

The New Yorker says the claim dates back to the 1983-84 academic school year, when he exposed himself to a woman named Deborah Ramirez at a dorm room party.

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