- An image of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, as a hard-partying high schooler and college student has emerged as multiple women have accused him of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
- His high-school yearbook and calendar pages from 1982 include entries that some say might be references to alcohol and sex.
- Entries like “Devil’s Triangle” and “FFFFFFFourth of July” drew the most attention.
- In interviews with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he tried to explain the references, dismissing them as jokes.
Entries in the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high-school yearbook that appear to reference sex and alcohol have led some to paint him as a hard-partying young man.
Kavanaugh’s past has come under scrutiny as he and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, prepare to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
He released pages of his calendar from 1982 on Wednesday.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly asserted that he was focused on grades and sports in high school. His senior-class yearbook page includes a blurb mentioning “Keg City Club (Treasurer) – 100 Kegs or Bust” and “Devil’s Triangle,” often used as a slang term for sex involving two men and a woman.
Some, including the attorney Michael Avenatti, have called for an investigation into the entries.
In interviews with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Kavanaugh said that “Devil’s Triangle” referred to a drinking game and that he had never used the term to describe sexual behaviour.
He said the school yearbook had “a lot of humour and a lot of farce” thanks to the attitudes of its editors.
“Yeah, the yearbook editors, I think, had a mindset of like ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ ‘Animal House,’ or something and made the yearbook into kind of a farce in that respect,” he said, referring to popular films from the time. “And that’s – you know, that explains some of the yearbook.”
Both Kavanaugh’s yearbook and calendar include “FFFFFFFourth of July.”
Avenatti, who is representing a woman accusing Kavanaugh of being present at high-school parties where girls were “gang raped,” tweeted a graphic theory about the term on Sunday.
“Brett Kavanaugh must also be asked about this entry in his yearbook: ‘FFFFFFFourth of July,'” Avenatti wrote. “We believe that this stands for: Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them. As well as the term ‘Devil’s Triangle.’ Perhaps Sen. Grassley can ask him.”
Kavanaugh told committee members that the term was a reference to a friend who when saying “f— you” would often exaggerate the letter F.
“And for reasons that are not clear to me today, at age 15 and 16, the whole group of guys thought that was a funny, inside thing,” Kavanaugh said.
When asked by committee members what the entry referred to, he said he thought it was an incident when his friend got into a fight.
“Best recollection would be that it’s a specific party where he got in a fight,” Kavanaugh said, adding that he could not “recall the specifics.”
He said he had never heard of or used the reference that Avenatti described.
Ford alleges that at a high-school party in 1982, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, and put his hands over her mouth when she resisted. Their high-stakes hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee begins at 10 a.m.
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