Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) made waves on Thursday after she released a statement saying she had received a tip that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh had committed an offense that required her to contact federal law enforcement.
Since then, the New Yorker has reported the allegation comes from a woman who went to high school with Kavanaugh. She alleges he pinned her down at a party and tried to force himself on her. She eventually freed herself.
According to the woman, the incident has been “source of ongoing distress for her.”
Feinstein had known about the complaint since July and decided to reveal the information this week:
From colleague John Roberts. Rpts that a source familiar says Feinstein has been aware of allegations regarding Kavanaugh since July. But just came forward now
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) September 13, 2018
On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released a letter signed by 65 women who were also in high school at the same time as Kavanaugh:
We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect. We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the Committee at this time.
We knew Brett well through social events, sports, church, and various other activities. Many of us have remained close friends with him and his family over the years. Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.
“The signers of this letter hold a broad range of political views. Many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person. And he has always been a good person,” the letter concludes.
One of the signers took the extra step to defend Kavanaugh on Twitter:
I knew Brett Kavanaugh in high school. We graduated same year. I never heard anything untoward about him.
— virginiahume (@virginiahume) September 13, 2018
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh told the New Yorker in a statement.