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Ronan Farrow, Jane Mayer: Kavanaugh Accused of Second Sexual Assault

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The report further complicates the Supreme Court nominee's confirmation.

A second woman has come forward accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse, this time when he was a freshman at Yale in the '80s, according to an investigative report published in The New Yorker on Sunday from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.

The accuser, Deborah Ramirez, told Farrow and Mayer that when she was a freshman at Yale in 1983, Kavanaugh (then 18) "exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away."

The alleged event occurred with several other students in the dorm room; no one in the room has yet corroborated Ramirez's account, but several other former students confirmed they heard of an event similar to that described by Ramirez.

The emergence of a second accuser dovetailed with the Senate Judiciary Committee's announcement that Christine Blasey Ford --whose accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in high school set off another nationwide conversation about sexual abuse-- would testify publicly on Thursday.

Upon hearing the news that a second woman has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, called for "an immediate postponement" of Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims," Feinstein said, according to NPR.

The alleged incident occurred during a drinking game where male students repeatedly picked Ramirez to drink until she was inebriated and slurring her words, she told Mayer and Farrow. At one point, she became aware of a Kavanaugh's exposed genitals in her face.

"I remember a penis being in front of my face," she said. "I knew that's not what I wanted, even in that state of mind," she said.

The male students then taunted her. One prodded her to "kiss it [Kavanaugh's penis]," she added.

"I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married," Ramirez, who was raised a devout Catholic, said. "I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated."

"Brett was laughing," as he pulled up his pants, she said. "I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants."

Ramirez, who later worked for an organization that assists domestic violence victims, was wary of coming forward. She knew her credibility would be attacked, especially because she was drinking that evening.

Mayer and Farrow spoke to several other students who recall a culture of excessive drinking at Yale in the early 1980s, with many remembering Kavanaugh as a heavy drinker who could get "belligerent."

Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti, is claiming he has a client accusing Kavanaugh of more horrifying behavior. In a letter sent to a lawyer representing the Senate committee that picks Supreme Court nominees, Avenatti describes accusations of drugging of at least one woman and the "gang rape" of her by "trains of men."

The accusations are leveled at Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, a conservative, antigay writer and friend of Kavanaugh. Judge previously floated the possibility that Dr. Ford was assaulted by a man different than Kavanaugh, even naming a different man as a possiblity; Ford brushed his accusation aside and said there's no way she would be confused over who attacked her.

Kavanaugh denied Ramirez's allegation as he denied Ford's. Meanwhile, White House Spokeswoman Kerri Kupec reiterated that Trump stands with Kavanaugh despite the new allegations. At the same time, she accused Democrats of manufacturing controversy.

"This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man," Kupec said in a statement. "This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh."

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