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Kavanaugh's College Roommate Releases Statement About New Accuser: 'I Believe Her'
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49193"><span class="small">Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut</span></a>   
Tuesday, 25 September 2018 12:41

Nechamkin writes: "On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez came forward in The New Yorker to become the second woman publicly accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault."

Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images)
Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

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Kavanaugh's College Roommate Releases Statement About New Accuser: 'I Believe Her'

By Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut

25 September 18


n Sunday, Deborah Ramirez came forward in The New Yorker to become the second woman publicly accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh drunkenly exposed himself to her at a freshman-year dorm party at Yale University, where she says he thrust his penis in her face, and that she was made to touch it during her efforts to push him away.

Ramirez acknowledges that she, too, was drunk, and her memory from the 1983 incident is hazy; the report also did not confirm with every eyewitness that Kavanugh was at the alleged party. But a former classmate interviewed for the story said another student told him about the incident soon after, and that he is “one-hundred-per-cent sure” that Kavanaugh was the student to expose himself to Ramirez. Since the new allegation, two Yale alumni have also withdrawn from their letter of support for Kavanaugh. And now, his former roommate, James Roche, has spoken out in solidarity with Ramirez.

In a statement released to select reporters Monday night, Roche writes of his experience as Kavanaugh’s freshman-year roommate, concluding that “although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became belligerent and aggressive when he was very drunk.” Though he says he does not remember the incident of alleged sexual assault, he does remember Kavanaugh “frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”

Roche also describes his friendship with Deborah Ramirez, saying “she stood out as being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner.” He says Ramirez, a Puerto Rican woman who felt out of place among the privileged students of Yale, was worried about fitting in and tried hard to make friends and “get along.”

“Based on my time with Debbie, I believe her to be unusually honest and straightforward and I cannot imagine her making this up,” Roche writes. “Based on my time with Brett, I believe that he and his social circle were capable of the actions that Debbie described.”

“I do not consider myself a political person and I have no political agenda,” Roche writes. “I have shared this information with a small number of reporters who reached out to me directly because Debbie has a right to be heard and I believe her.”

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-25 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-25 19:26
Is there are story here? Ramirez says that she didn't actually see Kavanaugh. The roommate did not hear about the story, only that Kavanaugh was a drinker. So there are no actually eye witnesses. A former classmate said another student told him about the incident.

Ramirez was cajoled by the New Yorker reporters to "remember" her story. Had they not worked on her for a week, very likely she would not have "remembered."

It is likely that Ramirez is an honest and well meaning person. But the New Yorker reporters don't seem to be that way. They were after the story and were about to give up until she told them what they wanted to hear.

I don't see this one going anywhere. It is just more New York tabloid media. Next thing they will report is that Kavanaugh exposed himself to the Martians. Or better, as the French say, "Va te faire voir chez les Grecs!"
+3 # maverita 2018-09-26 05:43
RR do you contribute anything to RSN other than your wit and charm?
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-26 20:14
mav -- I don't know. I see that 25 people think not, so maybe I will have to go with the majority. RSN is a tough crowd to please. Obviously wit does not do it.
+9 # Benign Observer 2018-09-26 09:06
I'd say the story is: Nobody knows you like your college roommate knows you!

The purported purpose of these hearings is to assess the nominee's past actions AND CHARACTER. Roche is a character witness, which is not irrelevant when actual evidence is unavailable, and is not divorced from the stated goals of the hearings.

I agree, though, her uncertainty will raise doubts, and this 'process' reporters put her through to help her remember should be clarified.

I've heard she didn't see his face because his penis was blocking her view, but she heard someone in the room yell to someone outside the room, 'Brett Kavanaugh just stuck his dick in Debbie's face!' She remembered them saying his last name too.