Last month, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh found himself in trouble. Nominated in July by Donald Trump to become the new Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, his confirmation process was in its final stage when a series of allegations of sexual misconduct broke out. Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University, accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s, when they were both teenagers. A second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, came forward a few days later. Kavanaugh denied the accusations, which he called “smears” in a live interview for Fox News, and declined to withdraw his nomination. Donald Trump, as well as several senior Senate Republicans, publicly backed Kavanaugh when the allegations surfaced. trouble difficulty / Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States American Supreme Court judge / stage here, phase / allegation accusation / sexual misconduct inappropriate or illegal sexual behaviour / to break, broke, broken out here, to be revealed (publicly) / to assault to attack physically or sexually / to come, came, come forward to give information concerning / smear defamation / to withdraw, drew, drawn to leave, to pull out from / to back to support.