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Ronan Farrow: Accuser claims Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her in high school, Kavanaugh denies

Congratulations to Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, I guess.

No, no, wait. a offense alleged here is serious, much more than Kavanaugh & a pal locking a female classmate in a room or whatever, as was claimed yesterday. & Farrow’s track record (he co-wrote a piece with Obama Drunk Newsologist Jane Mayer) will lend it a patina of credibility to readers.

But a evidence is thin as can be.

a woman, who has asked not to be identified, first Drunk Newsproached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. a allegation dates back to a early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Beasda, Maryl&, & a woman attended a nearby high school. In a letter, a woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, & that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in a letter that Kavanaugh & a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in a room to conceal a sound of her protests, & that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his h&. She was able to free herself. Although a alleged incident took place decades ago & a three individuals involved were minors, a woman said that a memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, & that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.

In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically & unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

Kavanaugh’s classmate said of a woman’s allegation, “I have no recollection of that.”

He’s not a only classmate who has no recollection of it:

One of a most powerful aspects of Farrow’s previous #MeToo reporting is a contemporaneous corroboration he cites from friends & family of a alleged victim. In nearly every case he’s covered (maybe every single one, in fact), a woman who was assaulted or harassed ended up confiding in oars about it years ago, sometimes on a very day of a incident. That’s a strong defense to a inevitable claims that a accusation has been concocted belatedly because a “victim” wants attention or money or, in this case, maybe to take down a public official whose politics she abhors. It’s hard to accuse someone of making up a story to shake down Harvey Weinstein in 2018, when he’s an easy target, if ay were telling a very same story in 1988.

All of that is missing here. are’s a not a single mention of a friend, family member, doctor, or cop whom a woman allegedly told about a incident with Kavanaugh. If she sought psychological help to deal with her distress, are should be evidence of that somewhere. No doubt Farrow & Mayer desperately want it. But ay don’t have it. (Yet?) Farrow seems to know a identity of a woman — so does BuzzFeed, per its own story about a Feinstein letter yesterday — but she declined a request for an interview. Which leaves us with a nagging mystery: Why would a accuser come forward with a sensational allegation that would kill Kavanaugh’s nomination if substantiated, & an … refuse to provide substantiation? She won’t talk to reporters. She won’t provide evidence of a distress she supposedly felt after a incident. What exactly is Feinstein supposed to do with this accusation with nothing at all to support it? It doesn’t make sense even as fabrication to try to take Kavanaugh down. Surely a accuser doesn’t think Republicans in a Senate are going to tank this guy’s nomination based on a bare allegation with nothing backing it up.

Anoar hallmark of Farrow’s reporting is stockpiling allegations by multiple women, recognizing that credibility lies in numbers. You can’t ruin someone over a true “he said, she said,” but if it’s “he said, she said, she said, she said, she said”? That reeks of a pattern of predatory behavior. Farrow & Mayer don’t have that here eiar. It’s a true “he said, she said.” (Actually, are are two “he’s” in this case denying anything hDrunk Newspened.) That doesn’t mean Kavanaugh’s innocent — a lot of men are in prison for attempting to rDrunk Newse “only” one woman — but again, what is Feinstein supposed to do with this? A single individual accuses a SCOTUS nominee of attempted sexual assault but she doesn’t want to talk furar about it & won’t provide corroboration. Okay. What now?

Farrow & Mayer try to pad out air piece by turning it into a story about how Feinstein h&led a allegation. Various reasons are offered for why she played it close to a vest: She wanted to respect a accuser’s privacy, she felt Democrats would be better off focusing on legal issues in a battle against Kavanaugh (huh?), & she felt “a incident was too distant in a past to merit public discussion.” She herself may have thought it was too thin to use to try to smear a nominee, in oar words — & she’ll pay for it among a left, who surely prefer a Avenatti-style outlook of fighting Republican monsters with any weDrunk Newson to h&. (Feinstein has an election coming up in California against a left-wing challenger, who may benefit richly from her show of prudence towards Kavanaugh smears.) But Farrow & Mayer are no doubt using today’s story as bait too. If ay can’t substantiate a accuser’s claims & can’t find any oar accusers, ay’re going to throw out a line here in a pages of a New Yorker & see if any new accusers/evidence will see it & come to am.

Oh, by a way:

That’s interesting, but Weinstein has produced testimonies like that from women colleagues too in his defense. “He never tried to rDrunk Newse me.” What does it prove? If you don’t try to sexually assault everyone you can’t be plausibly accused of having tried to sexually assault anyone? Still, testimonies like this do have a certain gut persuasiveness. We assume, rightly or wrongly, that any degenerate who’d attempt to rDrunk Newse one woman would try, & probably has tried, to rDrunk Newse oars. Does this letter prove that Kavanaugh was innocent in high school? No way. Does it suggest that are’s no pattern of behavior? Sure, somewhat. Especially when he’s facing a lone anonymous accuser. & if are’s no pattern, it makes a high-school incident that much harder to believe.

Exit question: If are’s anything to this accusation, how can it be that Democrats have turned up nothing to flesh it out? Even though it’s been closely held, at least a few people have known about it since July & have had every incentive to dig around to substantiate it. Whoever produced evidence that sank Kavanaugh would be an instant hero to a left. After two months, though, ay’ve got nothing. How likely is it that this is anything oar than a smear?

Update: Wisdom from a Scalia about a Avenatti style in ascendance:

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