A documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night contained never-before-heard evidence of alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to multiple reports.
Titled “Justice,” the project’s existence was kept under wraps before making its surprise debut, Rolling Stone reported. It is the first nonfiction film from director Doug Liman, best known for 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” and highlights some of the allegations against Kavanaugh and the shortcomings of the FBI investigation.
Kavanaugh’s controversial 2018 confirmation hearings were highlighted by the raw and emotional testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh violently sexually assaulted her at a drunken party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
After angrily denying the allegation in public hearings, he was narrowly confirmed for the role for Life.
Another woman, Deborah Ramírez, had also filed an indictment against the judge, although she did not testify. She told The New Yorker in 2018 that Kavanaugh once drunkenly exposed her penis to her in a college dorm room. He allegedly pushed it towards her, and she slapped it away from her, inadvertently touching it. At least seven people learned of the incident before Kavanaugh’s promotion as a federal judge, The New York Times later reported.
While making “Justice,” Liman obtained an audio recording made by a former Yale classmate of Kavanaugh and Ramirez, Max Stier, multiple outlets reported.
Stier now serves as CEO and President of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that works to promote good governance.
While The New York Times reported on the allegation on the tape in 2019, the recording itself had not been made public.
Stier reportedly said that while living in the same Yale dorm as Kavanaugh, he saw Kavanaugh drunkenly expose his penis to a different young woman. His friends then allegedly pushed the penis into his hand. The woman, then a freshman, passed out that night from drinking and does not want her name released, the filmmakers said in a question-and-answer session after the premiere.
Stier’s account also apparently helped Ramírez fill in the gaps in his own story.
While he did not see what happened to him, Stier says on the tape that he found out, The Daily Beast reported. He reportedly heard that after initially forcing Ramirez to look at his penis, Kavanaugh allegedly went to the bathroom where his friends encouraged him to get a boner. Subsequently, he allegedly harassed Ramírez again.
Ramírez is interviewed in the film along with Ford’s friends; Liman said in the question-and-answer session that he did not interview Ford herself because he had already been through so much. Likewise, Stier refused to be interviewed, as did Kavanaugh, Rolling Stone reported.
“I hope this sparks outrage,” producer Amy Herdy said in the question-and-answer session, The Guardian reported.
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