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Second woman accuses Trump court pick of sexual misconduct: New Yorker

A second woman has come forward with

allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald

Trump's embattled nominee for the Supreme Court, The New Yorker said Sunday.

Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez,

53, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party at Yale

University in the 1980s, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to

touch them without her consent while pushing them away.

Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred, calling it a smear, plain and

simple.

The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said

so, the conservative judge said in a statement sent to AFP.

The allegation is the latest twist in Kavanaugh's already heated

confirmation battle, which is set for a dramatic hearing this week involving

a university professor who recently came forward accusing him of assaulting

her when they were high schoolers.

The New Yorker article was co-written by Ronan Farrow, whose reportage

around disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was key in opening the

floodgates of the #MeToo movement, along with another reporter Jane Mayer.

At least four Democratic senators have received information about

Ramirez's allegation, the magazine said, of whom at least two have begun

investigating it.

Senior Republican staffers have likewise learned of the allegation and

expressed concern about its impact on the nomination, The New Yorker added.

This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against

Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated, Senator Mazie Hirono, of

Hawaii, was quoted as saying.

When The New Yorker first contacted Ramirez, it said she was reluctant to

come forward, partly because of gaps in her memory because she had been

drinking at the time of the incident.

But having spent six days assessing her memories and consulting with her

attorney, she felt more confident and is now calling for an FBI

investigation.

I would think an FBI investigation would be warranted, she told The New

Yorker.

The magazine said it had not found eyewitnesses to confirm that Kavanaugh

was at the party, though one former classmate remembered hearing about the

incident from another, and independently corroborated many of the details

offered by Ramirez.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)