US SC nom­i­nee de­nies abuse

The Asian Age - - World -

Wash­ing­ton, Sept. 15: US Supreme Court nom­i­nee Brett Ka­vanaugh on Fri­day de­nied an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual misconduct from when he was in high school, seek­ing to defuse a po­ten­tial threat to his con­fir­ma­tion as a hand­ful of key se­na­tors re­mained silent on whether they would vote for him.

In a state­ment re­leased by the White House, Ka­vanaugh said: “I cat­e­gor­i­cally and un­equiv­o­cally deny this al­le­ga­tion. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Se­nate Repub­li­cans in­sist Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion re­mains on track. It also pushes the # MeToo move­ment into the court fight, less than two months be­fore con­gres­sional elec­tions that saw a surge of fe­male Demo­cratic can­di­dates.

The New Yorker mag­a­zine re­ported that the al­leged in­ci­dent took place at a party when Ka­vanaugh, now 53, was at­tend­ing Ge­orge­town Prepara­tory School.

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