Brett Kavanaugh took his denials of the sexual assault allegations against him a step further on Monday, saying he did not engage in sexual intercourse during the years in question.
The nominee, who is slated to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, revealed that he was a virgin for “many years” after high school in an interview with Fox News Monday night.
“We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” he began. “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter. And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”
“You’re saying through all the years that are in question, you were a virgin?” host Martha MacCallum asked.
“That’s correct,” Kavanaugh responded.
“Many years after” high school, the nominee said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has alleged that a drunk Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to remove her clothing at a party when they were both minors in high school in the early 1980s.
Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when she was drunk at a party during their freshmen year at Yale University, although she added that her memory about the incident is spotty.
Ford is expected to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her accusation on Thursday. Kavanaugh will have a chance to respond to her story at that time.
“While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions,” Ford wrote in a letter to committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. “I ask for fair and respectful treatment.”
Kavanaugh has categorically denied both accusations and denounced the “smear, plain and simple” against him.