Sundance documentary reveals evidence against Brett Kavanaugh

A documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday night contained never-before-seen evidence of alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to multiple reports.

Titled “Justice,” the project’s existence was shrouded in secrecy before its surprise debut, Rolling Stone reported. It is the first nonfiction film for director Doug Liman, known for 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” and highlights some of the allegations against Kavanaugh and the shortcomings of the FBI’s investigation.

Kavanaugh’s highly contested confirmation hearings in 2018 stood out for the raw and emotional testimony given by Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh violently sexually assaulted her at a drunken party when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

After denying the charge during public hearings, he was narrowly confirmed for the lifetime role.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, had also come forward with an accusation against the judge, although she did not testify. She told The New Yorker in 2018 that Kavanaugh once drunkenly exposed his penis to her in a student dormitory. He allegedly pushed it towards her, and she threw it away, touching it accidentally. At least seven people heard about the incident before Kavanaugh’s ascension 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 non-profit organization working to advance good government.

While the accusation on the tape was reported by The New York Times in 2019, the recording itself had not been made public.

Stier reportedly said that while living in the same Yale dormitory as Kavanaugh, he saw Kavanaugh drunkenly expose his penis to another young woman. His friends then allegedly pushed his penis into her hand. The woman, then a rookie, passed out that night from drinking and does not want her name released, filmmakers said in a Q&A session after the premiere.

Stier’s account apparently also helped Ramirez fill in the gaps in her own story.

While he didn’t see what happened to her, Stier says on the tape that he heard about it, The Daily Beast reported. He is said to have heard that after first forcing Ramirez to face the penis, Kavanaugh allegedly went to a bathroom where friends encouraged him to stand up. Afterwards, he allegedly returned to harass Ramirez again.

Ramirez is interviewed in the film along with friends by Ford; Liman said in the Q&A that he didn’t interview Ford himself because she had already been through so much. Similarly, Stier declined to be interviewed, as did Kavanaugh, Rolling Stone reported.

“I hope this sparks outrage,” producer Amy Herdy said in the Q&A, The Guardian reported.

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