But whereas we discovered Dr. Ford’s allegations credible throughout a 10-month investigation, Ms. Ramirez’s story may very well be extra totally corroborated. During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh stated that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it might have been “the talk of campus.” Our reporting means that it was.
At least seven folks, together with Ms. Ramirez’s mom, heard about the Yale incident lengthy earlier than Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal decide. Two of these folks had been classmates who realized of it simply days after the occasion occurred, suggesting that it was mentioned amongst college students at the time.
We additionally uncovered a beforehand unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman yr that echoes Ms. Ramirez’s allegation. A classmate, Max Stier, noticed Mr. Kavanaugh together with his pants down at a unique drunken dorm occasion, the place mates pushed his penis into the hand of a feminine pupil. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit group in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, however the F.B.I. didn’t examine and Mr. Stier has declined to debate it publicly. We corroborated the story with two officers who’ve communicated with Mr. Stier; the feminine pupil declined to be interviewed and mates say she doesn’t recall the episode.
Mr. Kavanaugh didn’t converse to us as a result of we couldn’t agree on phrases for an interview. But he has denied Dr. Ford’s and Ms. Ramirez’s allegations, and declined to reply our questions on Mr. Stier’s account.
Yale in the 1980s was in the early levels of integrating extra minority college students into its traditionally privileged white male inhabitants. The school had admitted its first black pupil in the 1850s, however by Ms. Ramirez’s time there, folks of shade comprised lower than a fifth of the pupil physique. Women, who had been admitted for the first time in 1969, had been nonetheless relative newcomers.
Mr. Kavanaugh match the extra conventional Yale mould. His father was a commerce affiliation government, his mom a prosecutor and later a decide. They lived in tony Bethesda, Md., and owned a second residence on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. As a pupil at a distinguished Jesuit all-boys college, Georgetown Prep, Mr. Kavanaugh was surrounded by the sons of highly effective Washington professionals and politicians. He was an avid sports activities fan and recognized to attend an annual teenage bacchanal referred to as “Beach Week,” the place the hookups and consuming had been extra necessary than the sand and swimming.
Ms. Ramirez grew up in a split-level ranch home in working-class Shelton, Conn., maybe finest recognized for producing the Wiffle ball, and didn’t drink earlier than school. Her father, who’s Puerto Rican, rose by means of the Southern New England Telephone Company, having began as a cable splicer. Her mom, who’s French, was a medical technician.
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