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Mark Judge author Kavanaughs schoolfriend … witness

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first_imgMark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh both attended Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, Maryland.Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA Read more Support The Guardian Both Ford and Swetnick have urged the Senate judiciary committee to interview Judge under oath, with Swetnick saying he has “significant information concerning the conduct of Brett Kavanaugh in the 1980s, especially as it relates to his actions towards women”.Swetnick said on Wednesday she had met Judge and Kavanaugh, who she described as “extremely close friends”, at a series of parties in the early 1980s.During that time, Swetnick said, she “witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys …” Swetnick says it was at one such party, with Judge and Kavanaugh present, that Swetnick herself was sexually assaulted.Judge went into hiding after Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, but the Washington Post tracked him down in Bethany Beach, Delaware, on Monday. Judge would not speak to the paper beyond asking: “How’d you find me?”, but his own body of work over the past two decades reveals a portrait of the man at the center of supreme court nomination proceedings.A recovering alcoholic, Judge wrote in Wasted, published in 1997, about a pact he and friends at Georgetown Prep made to consume 100 kegs of beer before graduation.He describes a heavy drinking culture at the all-boys private school, and writes of one incident where a person named “Bart O’Kavanaugh” vomited in someone’s car and then “passed out on his way back from a party”. Share on Twitter Brett Kavanaugh Mark Judge: author, Kavanaugh’s schoolfriend … witness? Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Brett Kavanaugh: third woman accuses supreme court nominee of sexual misconduct Share via Email Brett Kavanaugh Ford alleges it was at one of those high school parties that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. Interviewed by the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard Judge addressed the allegations against Kavanaugh. Judge was asked if he witnessed any “rough-housing” with a female student during high school. Judge said he didn’t.“I can’t. I can recall a lot of rough-housing with guys,” Judge said. “I don’t remember any of that stuff going on with girls.”But Elizabeth Rasor, Judge’s girlfriend at Catholic University, said he had given her a very different account of life at Georgetown Prep.In an interview with the New Yorker, Rasor said Judge had told her about an incident at high school when he and other boys took turns in having sex with a drunk woman. Judge regarded it as fully consensual, Rasor told the New Yorker, adding that she was troubled by the story. Judge denied Rasor’s account.According to a Washington Post profile, in recent years Judge has juggled writing with working in a record store, a liquor store and as a substitute teacher and house sitter. He publishes only sporadically, but a 2015 article for Splice Today seems pertinent to the accusations Kavanaugh faces, and the calls for Judge to testify.In the piece Judge wrote about the seemingly feminist-inspired decline of the traditional alpha male, including changing attitudes to sex.“A man must be able to read a woman’s signals, and it’s a good thing that feminism is teaching young men that no means no and yes means yes,” Judge wrote.“But there’s also that ambiguous middle ground, where the woman seems interested and indicates, whether verbally or not, that the man needs to prove himself to her.“And if that man is any kind of man, he’ll allow himself to feel the awesome power, the wonderful beauty, of uncontrollable male passion.” Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman to come forward to accuse Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court of sexual misconduct earlier this month, throwing what had been his almost certain confirmation process into doubt.Ford alleged that Judge, Kavanaugh’s high school friend and author of Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk, an autobiographical account of debauchery at the elite Washington school Georgetown Prep, was in the room when Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a school party. 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Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics On Wednesday, Julie Swetnick, the third woman to come forward, said that Judge, along with Kavanaugh, was part of a group of men who would “cause girls to become inebriated and disorientated so they could then be ‘gang raped’”.Kavanaugh has denied Ford and Swetnick’s accusations, as well as the accusations of another woman, Deborah Ramirez, that he “thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent”.Judge has also disputed Ford’s and Swetnick’s allegations. But their claims have put the author – who in 2015 wrote about the “ambiguous middle ground” of sexual pursuit – firmly into the national spotlight. Shares155155 Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… @adamgabbatt Read more The writer of Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk is alleged to have been present when the supreme court nominee committed sexual assault Share via Email Wed 26 Sep 2018 15.30 EDT 1,600 men voice support for Christine Blasey Ford in New York Times ad In the allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, one other name recurs: Mark Judge. Sign up for the US morning briefing Reuse this contentlast_img read more