"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said in an interview with Fox News with his wife sitting by his side, according to an excerpt released Monday afternoon.
"What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said.
The accusation from Ramirez raise the stakes further for a dramatic showdown Thursday, as Kavanaugh and Ford testify in public about an incident she characterizes as attempted rape - and that he says simply never happened.
Although Dr Ford does not remember the time, date or location of the party she claims she was assaulted at, Mr Kavanaugh says he was not at the party she had described.
Both women's accounts are now unraveling, with the five people Ford said were at the party in question all denying her account, and with more than a dozen people contacted regarding Ramirez's accusations likewise denying the second account. A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused him in an article published in the New Yorker magazine on Sunday of sexual misconduct during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.
In his first television interview since Ford's accusations became public and a second woman leveled additional accusations against him, Kavanaugh repeated his previous denial and said he has no plans to walk away from his Supreme Court nomination. About Ramirez's claim, which allegedly took place at Yale, Kavanaugh twice said it would have been the "talk of campus" if it had actually happened. She believes she got the interview in part because Kavanaugh felt her show would offer "a fair shake". I feel badly for her through this process.
"This is not consistent with Brett", she told FOX's Martha MacCallum.
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"We're here to demand that the law does not marginalize groups that are already marginalized in broader society", she said as she and other students waited for a chance to speak with Sen.
He noted that within 24 hours of being accused, 65 women who knew him as a student signed a letter affirming that he always conducted himself with grace and dignity and unfailingly acted as a gentleman around women. Judge Kavanaugh denied he was "at any such party". Two Republicans rejecting Kavanaugh's nomination would probably be sufficient to derail it, and protesters are looking for "hero" GOP lawmakers.
Even before the latest turns, the carefully negotiated hearing at the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford carried echoes of the Anita Hill hearings in 1991.
Donald Trump said Monday that he still supports Kavanaugh and that the allegations were likely contrived by Democrats. "Brett Kavanaugh is an absolutely outstanding person and hopefully, he will be confirmed quickly".
But the allegations have left some Republican senators - especially two women who have spoken out in the past about sexual abuse of women - under pressure to weigh the accusers' stories.
The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
"If you're not familiar with what Supreme Court nominees normally do, this is not what they normally do", HuffPost senior reporter Jeffrey Young tweeted. But other outlets like the New York Times refused to report it because her account could not be corroborated. "In my opinion, it's totally political".