Two additional allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh surfaced Wednesday, but the claims came from anonymous sources and one of the accusers reportedly recanted his story, according to reports.
Bloomberg said Kavanaugh on Tuesday was asked about an alleged rape on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985, while NBC News reported the judge was questioned about a sexual assault incident outside a bar in Washington, D.C. in 1998.
According to documents posted by Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., received a call Tuesday from a Rhode Island constituent "[unnamed] who made allegations regarding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. [Unnamed] reported that early on a Sunday morning in August of 1985, a close acquaintance of the constituent was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark."
The document said the incident "took place on a 36-foot maroon and white boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island, after the three had met at a local bar. According to [unnamed], when he learned of the assault at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning, he and another individual went to the harbor, located the boat the victim had described and physically confronted the two men, leaving them with significant injuries."
The man who reportedly called Whitehouse, though, later recanted his story, the Daily Caller reports.
Jeffrey Catalan on Twitter said: “Do [sic] everyone who is going crazy about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake."
Catalan wasn't named in the transcript, but some conservative outlets matched tweets from the document to his Twitter handle, @JeffreyCatala16.
It isn't clear whether the Twitter account belongs to the constituent behind the phone call,
Earlier Wednesday, NBC News said a woman told Republican Sen. Cory Gardner that her daughter saw Kavanaugh “shove” her friend up against a wall “very aggressively and sexually” in 1998 after an outing.
“When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh, shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually,” the woman says.
“There were at least four witnesses including my daughter.”
The writer of the letter provided no names, and said the victim had decided to remain anonymous but that she was still traumatized from the incident.
Kavanaugh was asked about the incident Tuesday,
“We’re dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend,” Kavanaugh said on the call, according to a transcript released by the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone. And no, I’ve never done anything like that.”
The White House issued a statement on the allegation Wednesday night:
"This allegation came in the form of an anonymous letter to a senator about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend. Under oath, judge Kavanaugh denied the allegation of acting violently toward a woman and had no recollection of socializing with a woman from Boulder, Colorado."
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