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Kavanaugh's Prepared Testimony Released Ahead of Thursday Hearing

September 26, 2018 - 9:35 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - In testimony for Thursday's Senate hearing, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he's never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser.

Kavanaugh denies having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Christine Blasey Ford, who will also appear at Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

"I am innocent of this charge," Kavanaugh says.

In written testimony released Wednesday by the committee, Kavanaugh says he has "never sexually assaulted anyone —not in high school, not in college, not ever."

Ford and Kavanaugh are to testify Thursday about her allegations that Kavanaugh held her down, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth at a drunken high school party in the 1980s.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee says it is reviewing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Attorney Michael Avenatti provided a statement from his client to the committee.

According to a document Avenatti posted on Twitter, the woman alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s."

The woman also made other accusations in her statement. The AP has not been able to corroborate them, and continues to investigate.

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by two other women, putting his nomination for the high court at risk. He and one of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify publicly Thursday before the Judiciary Committee.

Avenatti declined to expand on the allegation in an interview Wednesday on ABC's "The View," saying he would not add detail beyond what was in the statement. Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who alleges she was paid to keep a sexual relationship with President Donald Trump quiet.

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